When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him,
‘Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith.’”
Matthew 8:10 (ESV)
Read Matthew 8:5-13
There are very few instances in the gospels where Jesus directly commended the faith of a person. More often than not, Jesus was seen challenging people for their lack of faith. He would often correct his disciples with the words, “O you of little faith” (i.e. Matt. 8:26, ESV). In Matthew 8, we find the story of a centurion whose faith amazed the Lord Jesus Christ.
The centurion’s servant was paralyzed and suffering at home and so the Roman soldier approached Jesus to seek for help and healing. Jesus told the centurion that He would go to his home to heal the servant. The soldier refused to have Jesus over due to his unworthiness but he believed that Jesus could heal his servant by simply commanding it.
The centurion knew what it was like to have authority. He, himself, was in a position of authority over many soldiers. He simply commanded something to be done and it was completed without question. The centurion perceived that Jesus had authority as well—authority over life and death. The soldier boldly believed that all Jesus had to do was simply command the healing and it would be done. That’s how much faith he had in the power and authority of Christ.
It must take a lot to impress Jesus but the faith of this centurion did. He received one of the highest commendations from the lips of Jesus Himself: “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith” (Matt. 8:10, ESV). Jesus marveled at the bold faith of the centurion and He granted the request to heal the servant without having to come to his home.
How much faith do you have in the power and authority of Jesus? It takes quality faith to believe in Jesus and to trust in all that He is capable of.
Faith is one of the hardest concepts to grasp. According to Hebrews 11:1, the Bible defines faith as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (ESV). Faith is ultimately trusting in things that we cannot see right now. We’re trusting in a God that we haven’t seen physically with our eyes. We’re trusting in an eternal home that we have not been to yet. So having faith in God is a bold move in itself. It’s bold to believe that a God actually exists and that He cares for us and has all power and authority to do what is best for His people.
What circumstances are you going through where you need to put more faith in the Lord Jesus Christ? The Bible encourages us to trust Jesus in all circumstances believing that He has all power and authority to do what is right.