Master, Say In A Word

The good thing about Jesus is not that he is Savior because he has to be but because he wants to be.  The Bible says “there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” He paid the price and sacrificed himself one time on Calvary, but think about how devoted he is to us every day.  Our work for him or our feeling the need of him can be sporadic but not him.

“Say in a word” is how the centurion puts it when asking Jesus to help his servant.  The impossible made possible in one word.  He said Jesus didn’t even have to come; just give the word.  We’re called on to freshly perceive what potential lies in a word from Jesus.  You and I can speak volumes and nothing happens, but the world was formed by the word of God.  He called it good when he saw it.  Do you need something to happen?  It can.

Luke 7:  1Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum. 2And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. 3And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. 4And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: 5For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue. 6Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: 7Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.

You can hold verse 7 as truth in response to your need.  The centurion said he wasn’t going to tell Jesus how to do it, but he realized all Jesus needed to do was “say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.”

8For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. 9When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 10And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.

There are so many thoughts here.  The way the centurion phrases this reveals the kind of heart that gets the impossible done.  Do you need to be saved and delivered from sin?  Are you a believer dealing with something seemingly impossible?  Jesus can do far above what we could ever ask or think.  He does it with ease and simplicity.  How can he do this?  We try to humanize Jesus when we compare what he can do to what we can.  There is no comparison.

Everyone thought the centurion was worthy.  He was a Roman official from another culture and religion.  He was stationed in Capernaum.  He’d heard about Jesus. He knew what he’d done for others.  He respected the Jews enough to help them build a synagogue. They respected him.  He was an individual on his own.  The first step in having the impossible happen is not to stereotype yourself.  “I can’t.”  We can let things ruin us or we can use the measure of  faith that we all have and put it in the right person.  That person is Jesus.  When we put our faith in Jesus, the impossible can happen for you as well as me.  Have you ever said to yourself “I can see it happening to someone else but not me?”  Why not you?  An introspective look will show you that the Lord has already worked for you.  You’ve not realized it or have given the credit elsewhere.  In many instances it’s time to give credit where it’s due—to Jesus.  Before we were ever saved, God’s grace was upon us as he brought us to him.  He’s the Savior for everybody.  He’s the Savior for anybody!  It doesn’t matter about the past or what your present condition is.

How unlikely was it for the centurion to be heard?  Who would think him worthy?  Romans were enemies of the Jews. Why would Jesus do anything for him?  The centurion said his roof wasn’t even worthy for Jesus to enter, but Jesus was on his way to the man’s house. You may think Jesus doesn’t want to come your way, but he does.  He’s on his way.  Jesus is all yours and he’s all mine.  He belongs to each of us.  He can hear a million prays prayed at the same time.  That’s just the way he is.

The centurion had authority.  He could tell his servants what to do, and they did it.  He compared Jesus to that.  He wasn’t trying to demean the Lord.  He was saying he realized that all Jesus had to do was give the word and it would be done.  There was no need for Jesus to come to his house to heal the servant.  He loved his servant.  He knew that whether Jesus came through the door or not didn’t matter.  The man could be healed if Jesus said the word.

Do you believe your impossibilities can be taken care of?  Do you think Jesus is too far away?  After all, he’s at the right of the Father in heaven.  It would surprise us if we knew just how close he is.  The Bible says “seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” This is the kind of Jesus we have, so the Bible follows that up by saying “let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” You can make it that far because he’s at the end of your prayer.  Your voice can’t be heard?  Jesus doesn’t understand you?  He understands hillbilly as well as he does Latin.  Some of the greatest things ever done for me were when I couldn’t vocalize my thoughts.  It’s in the heart.  “Lord, I believe.  Lord, I trust.  Make it so in a word.”  I couldn’t talk, but I could pray.

The centurion said he wasn’t worthy of this, BUT “but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.” He believed in the power and authority of Jesus.  Look at what Jesus did.  He turned to the crowd and said “I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.”

Are you willing to trust Jesus?  The foot of the throne is near.  Jesus’ word engages his power to do the impossible in response of your word.  When we express faith in him, when he hears from us, he speaks the word.  All power in heaven and earth speaks when Jesus speaks a word.   How can you not call on the name of the Lord?  Find out what all Jesus can say to you in just a word.