Thursday, April 29, 2021

Matthew 8:5-7 Scripture Meditation by Stephen Taylor

Matthew 8:5-7

When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord” he said, “ my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”


As I was reading this passage this morning, I was like, “Why would Jesus, a Jew, be so willing to help a Gentile Roman officer? The officer has not amazed Jesus or made his great statement of faith yet. In fact, by this recording, he has spoken only 9 words to Jesus. But in those 9 words, you can see the soldier’s heart.


A centurion was a man who commanded at least 100 soldiers and was well-respected. So, I assume he would have many slaves, maybe even Hebrew slaves, and could certainly buy more if he needed them. But this soldier had a heart full of compassion and mercy, so he stopped what he was doing and sought out Jesus to save and heal his slave! I think that spoke right to Jesus’ heart, and that’s why He was instantly like, “Let’s go. You ready?” LOLl!


Jesus looks at the heart, and a heart that goes out of its way to love and help others is a heart Jesus can use to further His kingdom!! I imagine most centurions would have either just killed the slave or not even thought about it twice, but this man shows us that no matter who you are or what you have done, if you approach Jesus with a right heart, then anything is possible!!


I love you all, God bless, and Glory to God!!




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