Mat 8:6 and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress.”
Mat 8:7 And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
Mat 8:8 But the centurion answered him, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.
Mat 8:9 For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
Mat 8:10 When Jesus heard him, he marveled, and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.
Mat 8:11 I tell you, many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven,
Mat 8:12 while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.”
Mat 8:13 And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; be it done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment. :
you have believed
This is an amplification of the earlier parable of healing about a leper. The Centurion has power but is also rejected by Society. The Centurion makes the same point: “if you will’, if you order it done, it will be done, and I understand that.”
The the face of Jesus recognizes is the faith that Jesus is Lord and Jesus is Lord over our problem, whatever it might be. The come command “go your way” is a response to this understanding of faith. It will be done.
What are the commands of Jesus Christ which we need to obey? In disciple-making, Jesus commanded the following in Matthew 28:20: “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…” What are the commands that we are to follow and teach others as identified by Jesus’ use of the imperative mood in the Greek?
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