Where is your great faith? Luke 7:1-10.
Jesus moves out of the teaching phase that we have found in Luke 6 and illustrates an example of placing his teachings into practice. Perhaps there is fore-shadowing here helping us to realize that this message of good news is for all people: even a Roman soldier and his servant. The soldier appeals to Jesus in faith trusting that his valued servant will be healed. He illustrates faith by telling Jesus to “ just give the command” and his servant will be healed.
Notice that Jesus never meets the ill servant or the trusting master. We are only told their positions and not given there names. Jesus does not touch or pray over the ill person. There is no record of Jesus speaking words of healing. We are just told that the servant is well. I can imagine that the Roman soldier rested well once his faithful servant was feeling better. I can imagine that the entire household and the soldiers under the commander rested well when this valued and trusted person once again knew health.
What role does active faith play in our lives? How do we arrive at a healthy balance of faith verses planning and preparation? Is faith only for the times when all other options no longer work?
Questions to ponder:
- Why did Luke record a roman soldier having faith rather than a Jewish leader?
-What are the different meanings of “faith”? Are you a person of faith? Do you walk by faith? How could you illustrate faith with a real life example?
-What is Jesus asking us to do with this account of the Roman centurion? Where could you have stronger faith? How could a stronger faith move from an idea to reality?