Truly Remarkable Words

“Lord I am not worthy for you to come under my roof, but only say the word and my servant shall be healed.” (Matt. 8:8)

Jesus said this man’s faith was greater than all others in Israel.  I notice four things about this man’s statement:

  1. His faith was moved by love. He was conscious of his neediness but the problem that he was focused on was not his own. It was somebody else’s problem that he hoped to see resolved. His concern to go out of the way to do what he could for his servant is an example of “faith working through love” (Gal. 5:6).
  2. He was very conscious of his own unworthiness. But he didn’t stop there. In recognizing his own unworthiness he was at the same time making much of the worthiness of Christ…”I am not worthy to have you come under my roof”
  3. He was very conscious of the power and authority of Jesus’ words. The power of Jesus meant that only a word was necessary. As great as the trouble was that had come to this man’s house, Jesus did not need to struggle to restore what was afflicted. And the authority of Jesus meant that there was nothing in the realm of this man’s life that was outside the realm of Christ’s authority. There was no trouble or trial that need not bow the knee to the sovereign authority of Jesus.
  4. He was very ready to ask Jesus to respond in a way that brought Him the most glory. The significant thing about this is the way he asked. It was clear that he traveled all this way because he was asking for healing for his servant and that this was very important to him. Yet, he asked in a way that showed his greatest desire was to emphasize the dignity and majesty of the King veiled in flesh before him.  
Somehow I don’t think I can spend too much time meditating on this verse.

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