The Centurion's Faith
Passage: Matthew 8:5–8:13
The Centurion's Faith
July 30, 2017
Pastor David Lovi
I’m so happy to be back in the book of Matthew. As you remember, in chapters 5-7, Jesus delivered the greatest sermon ever preached—the Sermon on the Mount—and crowds were astonished at his teaching. And here in chapters 8 and 9, they would be further astonished by his power. Jesus taught as no man ever did, and now we’re going to see him doing things no man ever did.
In these chapters, Jesus is going to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is God in the flesh. In the very first sermon I ever preached in this church, I took as my text Matthew 8:1-4 where Jesus met the leper—the man who came to him begging to be healed and Jesus showed amazing compassion and power as he grasped onto the desperately sick man and he declared, “I am willing to heal you. Be clean.” And he was that very moment.
And we’re going to see another instance of divine power in our text this morning; in Matthew 8:5-8, we’re going to see a remarkable exhibit of faith by a man who because of the nature of his profession, he would seem an unlikely disciple of Jesus.
I hope our text will teach us not to judge a book by its cover. There are so many people who I think we’re just conditioned to look at and think, “Oh, that person would never be interested in the gospel.” Just by their outward appearance, maybe by what they are wearing, or by how they live, they would never be interested in Jesus. And we would be absolutely wrong about that.
Because we’re going to see a person who is the most unlikely candidate to follow Jesus today and this man has faith in Him.
A few week s ago we learned about Jesus healing the leper again and today we’re going to see what happens when a Roman army commander, a centurion, humbled himself before the Lord and asked Jesus for help. No matter what our station is in like, my prayer for all of us is that we would humble ourselves before the Lord. Just like this man did.
And that we would learn from his passage the Lord’s willingness to help anyone who comes to him in faith.
More in The Gospel of Matthew
August 13, 2017The Right and Wrong Reasons to Follow Jesus
August 6, 2017He Bore Our Diseases
July 28, 2017Jesus the Compassionate Savior ------ (sermon given on 5/25/2014)