I Will Come and Heal
- Date: January 6, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” (Matthew 8:5-8)
- From Great Faith
In Matthew 8 verses 5 and 8, we see the Centurion and we notice something very unique. This man was in a position of power. He was in a position of representing Rome and the Empire. He had the power of life and death in his hands. Secular men in those roles were very cavalier. They could put people to judgment and death. As we read the Scriptures, we see what is stated about the centurion who had synagogues built. He was a Gentile but also a proselyte; he came to know the love of God. He knew who Jehovah was. His heart was changed, a man of the covenant. We become people who know God in His compassion and in His love. Legally, He had every right to put this man into an infirmary. They were in the military, he could have put him into an infirmary or he had the right to send him back to his parents, to his own household. Beloved, in those days there was nothing but death in a situation like this, but the man, out of compassion, journeyed on his own to find Jesus for his servant.
Here's a man who's moved to seek Jesus for his servant. Listen to what it says, this is just a beautiful passage, "Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him" (Matthew 8:6-7). These verses are pretty close together in the Scriptures, "I will, I will." It's God's will to heal us. Isaiah 53, we are healed in covenant by the stripes of Jesus. It pleased God to bruise Him, not only to put our sin upon Him but also to put our sickness and disease upon Him and by His stripes we are healed. "I will come." The covenant has already been cut. This is a done deal. "It's My will to heal people." "Well, I know many people who don't get healed." God is sovereign and can do whatever He wants to do, but it's His will to heal.
"What about these exceptions?" Don't talk to me about them, talk to God. All I know is that it's His will to heal. Praise God! "By His stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5). "And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up;" (James 5:15). "Well what about…?" I don't want to talk about the "what about(s)," that's God's business. I know the heart of God because it's revealed, and it's His will to heal you. "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;" (Mark 16:17). Then we need to get "shall-ing" and believe God. Not with arrogance, with God, you're obligated. Go out and pray. Well, what if they don't get healed? Who cares? It's God's will. What will people think about me? What will people think about my faith if they don't get healed? One of the reasons they didn't get healed is because you're too caught up in you. This centurion was there for his servant, praise God! He came to seek the heart of God and Jesus said, "I will. I'll come and heal him." His response was amazing, he said, "I am not worthy [LORD] that thou shouldest come under my roof..." (Matthew 8:8).