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Finally, the officer came out and met Jesus on the street.  “You only have to command it, and my servant will be healed,” he told Jesus.  “I represent the power of Rome and my soldiers know it.  When I tell them to do something, they do it.  You represent the power of God.  All created things know it and obey You.  

You can command the sickness to leave and it will oby.  Just say the words, and I know my servant will be healed.”

Jesus was amazed.  “I have not seen this much faith anywhere ~ even in Israel,” He exclaimed to the crowd, as HE turned to the officer and said, “Go home.  Your servant is healed, just as you believed he would be.”

The self-righteous Jews thought the officer deserved a favor for what he had done for them.  The officer did not even feel worthy to even ask for a favor.  He did not feel that he had earned this miracle ~ by faith, he trusted in Jesus.

When the enemy, Satan, tells you that you are a sinner and deserve nothing, tell him that Jesus came to the world to save sinners.  We cannot save ourselves so our helpless situation means that we must trust Him to save us.

The Jewish leader thought nothing about Jesus.  But this army officer, who only knew about worshiping idols in Rome.  He also was surrounded by hateful Jews ~ still he was able to see the truth about Jesus, what HE taught & lived.

To Jesus, this Roman army officer was among the first of many from other nations whose hearts were touched by God.  Who would recognize the truth and follow the Savior.


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