Advent Day 2: For Those Who Believe

Advent Day 2 Reading: Matthew 8:5-11  

When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.” Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, He was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.

Previously, Jesus’ main priority while talking amongst the crowds was to proclaim His knowledge and wisdom of the actual inner meanings of God’s law, with the hopes of helping His listener’s discern more accurately its interpretation for personal application. Now, He is seen here transitioning to a position of both proving His authority and right as God, to  actually putting it into practice through completing a series of miracles.

In the above passage, when the centurion, otherwise known as a Roman military officer approached Jesus for the healing of his servant, he came believing that Jesus’ had both the authority and power to heal.  Jesus declared of him, I tell you the truth; I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.  Jesus was so impressed with this man’s faith to believe; He not only miraculously healed his sick servant who was actually physically many miles away, but also publicly commended him for his faith. 

As we can see, walking by faith and not by sight, through believing our God is able to move mountains is important to God. In Hebrews 11:1-2 it says, Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. When we both make the choice to ask, and then believe with hopeful expectation for what we cannot see, we also will be commended.

He is able, and He can and will move mountains.  No problem is too great, or is any amount of distance to far to  limit our Lord’s capacity and power to act on behalf of those who believe.  Ah, Sovereign Lord, You have made the Heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. Jeremiah 32:17

 For Those Who Believe

His Presence, voice, His touch bring a taste,

of compassion, forgiveness, mercy and grace;

Deliverance, healing, comfort and love,

rest, peace and joy, Heaven’s reality above.

A hope that encourages, that does not disappoint,

a faith that perseveres, stands firm and endures;

Can be given, imparted, sought and received,

free for the asking, for those who believe.

What no ear has heard, what no eye has seen,

what no mind’s imagined, envisioned or dreamed;

His wisdom and strength, power and might,

signs, wonders, miracles, brought to life and to sight.

To be revealed, unveiled, echoed, perceived,

for men and for women, for you and for me;

Our sons and our daughters, descendents eternally,

free for the asking, for those who believe. 

Through the eyes of faith, we will see the dawn             –   Grace Wilson

If you find your faith is wavering, just ask Him for more.  Jesus is also the author of our faith that so pleases Him, and loves to bless us with good gifts by increasing our capacity so we CAN believe.  Believe and you shall see the glory of God! 

-The Quilted Poetess

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