HOW TO GET THE JOB DONE
Luk 7:1 Since he had finished all his sayings to that audience, he entered Capernaum.
Luk 7: 2 A centurion there had a bond-servant who was highly valued, but who was sick and at the point of death.
Luk 7: 3 When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his bond-servant.
Luk 7:4 When they came to Jesus, they encouraged him seriously, “He is worthy to have you do this for him,
Luk 7:5 because he loves our nation, and even built our synagogue.”
Luk 7:6 So Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof.
Luk 7:7 That is why I did not presume to come to you. Instead, say the word, and my servant must be healed.
Luk 7:8 Because I too am a man positioned under authority, with soldiers under me. I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my bond-servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
Luk 7:9 When Jesus heard this, he was surprised at him. He turned and said to the crowd that followed him, “I tell you, I have not even found such faith in Israel!”
Luk 7:10 So when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the bond-servant well.
positioned under authority
I heard a good sermon recently about this story. The pastor pointed out the significance of that word “under.” The reason the Centurion was powerful was that he knew how to obey his superiors. Jesus lived that. His position was under the authority of the Father in heaven. The Centurion got that, so he knew he could trust Jesus’ word to get the job done.
LORD, give us the kind of obedience to you, that our prayers get the job done.