Defined by Jesus

Jesus never sinned; never made a wrong decision; never spoke a wrong word.  He defined the greatest.

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Matthew 8:10 – When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

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Let’s clear the table and start with a clean slate today.  A statement I make often sets the stage.  If God said it, that settles it.  And if Jesus said it, God said it, for Jesus always did those things that pleased Father.  When the centurion came to Jesus, Jesus listened to him.  And when the centurion had spoken, explaining his position on faith, Jesus’ response was marked in definitive terms.  He marveled and said, “Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.”  Jesus never exaggerated.  Jesus never lied.  What He said was absolute truth.  So, when He said that this was the highest level of faith He had found, perhaps it is worthy of our own examination.  Keep in mind, the centurion was dealing with two issues you and I don’t face.  When he came to Jesus, there were no Christians.  The church did not exist.  Secondly, he was a Roman, not a Jew, and therefore had no covenant on which to stand.

Now think of those two issues, and consider the following.  When Jehovah came to Abram, the same to facts were true.  There were no Christians.  The church did not exist.  Secondly, Abram was from Ur of the Chaldees, and Israel did not exist at that time.  In fact, the Law of Moses did not exist at that point.  Therefore, there was no such thing as a Jew, or the Abrahamic covenant.  In both cases, then, the same truth was applicable.  So, God, Who is no respecter of persons, and Who never changes, responded to both men in the same manner.  Romans tells us that Abram believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.  In the same way, the centurion believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 

In Abraham’s case, he became the father of our faith and the father of many nations.  In the centurion’s case, his faith caused Jesus to marvel, and subsequently Jesus acted on what he said and healed his servant.  In this, I am in no way nullifying the New Covenant.  But the incident set forth in our Text for Today occurred under the Old Covenant, not the New.  We have a much better covenant.  If God did what He did for Abraham’s faith, and Jesus did what He did for the centurion’s faith, just imagine what He will do for your faith; your faith that has been authored and finished by the Lord Jesus Himself.  I don’t know what you face today, but He does.  Go ahead, tell Him that your faith is anchored to whatever He says; His Word.  He’s waiting to hear from you.

Manna for Today – Matthew 8:5-13; Hebrews 11:1-6; Romans 10:6-17; Romans 4:13-22;            Hebrews 11:40; Hebrews 12:2