The Roman Centurion story found in The Gospel of Luke tells that that he understood a spiritual principle that most people do not. He understood what authority was and how it operated – both in the natural and in the spiritual.
This Centurion was a Roman soldier – part of a fighting force that was ruthless and decisive – Rome ruled with a rod of iron. He would have been in charge of 100 soldiers (a century), and would have been a part of a larger group – called a legion – of 6,000 soldiers – so 60 centuries with 60 other centurions. This man, contrary to the usual idea we have of a Roman soldier, was very compassionate – he had a servant who was ill, and was very concerned about his/her well-being
As he understood that this Jesus had authority in the natural and in the spiritual, let’s remember Jesus own statemt in Matthew 28:18 – “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
This centurion realized that the power was within Jesus Himself to change the natural order of creation simply by saying the word – he realized that the power to heal was resident within this Man Jesus, and that if He spoke the word, then it would be done
Do we believe it? Do we realize the power that is in the name of Jesus.
Preached on Sunday August 19, 2018 at Scott Street Church