February 10, 2013
READ: Luke 7:1-10
Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed (v.7).
When a man entered a restaurant proclaiming that he was the new boss, manager Tracy Brant didn’t believe it. Although the man was sporting a trench coat, tie and carrying a briefcase, Tracy dialled the restaurant’s headquarters to verify his claim. Meanwhile, the well dressed intruder cooked himself a burger and chips in the restaurant kitchen. Before he finished eating, Brant confirmed that he was only masquerading as a manager. He had no legitimate authority in the restaurant. The religious leaders of His day portrayed Jesus as someone simply masquerading—an intruder with no real power (Mark 11:27-33). Those who knew Jesus, however, acknowledged Him as the ruler of everything. As eyewitnesses to His miracles and students of His teaching, they were awestruck by His authority (Matthew 9:8). In one instance a Roman soldier recognised Jesus’ ultimate power, and he said, “I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come” (Luke 7:8). The soldier knew Jesus had that kind of command over sickness and disease, so he arranged for the Lord to heal a servant of his. Unlike most people who asked Jesus to perform bedside miracles, the soldier sent Jesus this message: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself by coming to my home. . . . Just say the word from where You are, and my servant will be healed” (vv.6-7). Amazed, Jesus said: “I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!” (v.9). And sure enough, the servant was healed. As Christians, we’re on first name terms with the One who is in charge of our world (John 10:3). This truth can increase our faith. When we need help, we can send Jesus a message that begins like this: Just say the word from where You are. —Jennifer Benson Schuldt
Read John 10:18 to understand how Jesus’ authority was involved with His ultimate sacrifice. Read Matthew 9:6 to see how Jesus’ authority was (and is) unlike any other authority.
What might happen if we replaced Jesus’ authority in our lives with that of pastors, mentors or Bible teachers? What’s the relationship between our faith and Jesus’ authority?