Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Faith...

Few weeks ago, I woke up to the sound of the word "Luke 7" from the sleep. Its like someone waking me up  calling out Luke 7:7. Me waiting for every little chance to update the blog :-) was over-thrilled that GOD is sending me messages.

Luke 7
New International Version (NIV)

The Faith of the Centurion
7 When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. 2 There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. 3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, 5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” 6 So Jesus went with them.
He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed.
NOT once, but many a times I have thought of this. Am I worthy to serve the holy of the holiest. Mighty BIG GOD maker of heaven and earth?
When I go to heaven, if there is a meeting with Jesus in an auditorium and if our deeds are the tickets. I would be in the least, last back row of the sanctuary... Hardly getting a glance of Christ.  I would be the one with row so closer to the wall. Knees down. Eagerly would be watching the podium for the Mightiest of the mightiest, lover of my soul, my savior to show up.
He would come up and would glance all of us. EYE to EYE and would acknowledge us. He would even call everyone of us by our name. I am sure of that. Very definite about that. And that confidence is re-emphasized thru this passage in Luke. 

Luke the physician by profession would have been floored by Jesus's healing miracles. Luke chapter explain physical healing in that aspect for the only reason that Luke with all the acquired medical knowledge cannot comprehend the Jesus's method and nature of healing. 

Remember Jesus is in human form and has the limitations of a human being. However, because he lead such a sinless and god fearing life, he had such great relationship with GOD Almighty, he had such great authority over everything on the earth. And he gave the authority to his disciples during his ministry that they performed similar miracles after his resurrection.
Luke 7 chapter - Emphasis the GOD's LOVE.
Christ's Compassion & HOPE .  - He is busy with his ministry. Yet he is not too busy to heal  the Centurion's servant. He keeps up the hope of the centurion by heeding to the request and walking towards his home.
Christ's recognitiom of LOVE - He readily accepts the humility shown by centurion and his attitude towards his servants. He recognizes it.
Christ's acknowledgement of FAITH - Christ acknowledges centurion's faith and he gives him as a witness to the crowd and fulfill his request.

Luke 7:9-10
 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd that was following him, he said, “I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!” 10 And when the officer’s friends returned to his house, they found the slave completely healed.


Jesus is the SAME today. 

Let us put Centurion kind of faith on Jesus and see Miracles unfold in our life!

All praise to GOD! Immaneul!

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