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Christ’s Authority

“There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant.”
—Luke 7:2-3

A commander in the Roman army had a servant he loved dearly. When the servant became ill, the centurion asked some of the Jewish elders to meet with Jesus and seek his servant’s healing.

When the Jews came to Jesus, they spoke highly of the centurion’s character, explaining that he “loves our nation and has built our synagogue” (Luke 7:4-5).

So, Jesus began traveling to the man’s house but before He could arrive, the centurion sent friends to Jesus. They explain that the Roman commander feels unworthy to meet Jesus and asks Him to speak a word of healing. They go on to share this message:

“But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” (Luke 7:7-8)

The centurion recognized who Christ was and loved the Jewish people generously. Having realized Christ’s authority, he needed no sign or token. He recognized the power of Christ; that everything was under His authority.

You may be facing difficult circumstances today—perhaps a beloved friend is ill or a family member is hurt. You can take comfort in the commander’s faith because Jesus has everything under control.


God, help me on days when I feel like everything’s out of control. Let me remember that You hold all authority and You rule from Heaven. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Luke 7:2-3

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