“Lost and Found” by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission. www.GregOlsen.com
Gospel – 6/27/20 – Matthew 8:5-17
When Jesus entered Capernaum,
a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying,
“Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed. , suffering dreadfully.”
He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”
The centurion said in reply,
“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof;
only say the word and my servant will be healed.
For I too am a man subject to authority,
with soldiers subject to me.
And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes;
and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes;
and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him,
“Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.
I say to you, many will come from the east and the west,
and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven,
but the children of the Kingdom
will be driven out into the outer darkness,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”
And Jesus said to the centurion,
“You may go; as you have believed, let it be done for you.”
And at that very hour his servant was healed.
Jesus entered the house of Peter,
and saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.
He touched her hand, the fever left her,
and she rose and waited on him.
When it was evening, they brought him many
who were possessed by demons,
and he drove out the spirits by a word and cured all the sick,
to fulfill what had been said by Isaiah the prophet:
He took away our infirmities and bore our diseases.
I find these scriptures interesting in that it show two ways Jesus healed.
Jesus normally healed by touch – Simon’s Mother in law, the informed come to have him heal them, the leper.
But, when a Roman comes about his slave being paralyzed- Jesus says he’ll come to heal him. But, the Roman’s faith is so strong, he says Jesus doesn’t need to come and be present – just say he’ll be healed, that’s enough.
Jesus could heal with or without a touch. It’s our faith that chooses which.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…