Is it bad to remember a SNL skit when reading the Bible? I never was a huge watcher of the show, I wasn’t allowed to stay up that late as a kid and then I was just too tired! But I’ve seen a few of the classic (not the new stuff) and they still crack me up. Reading the lesson from week 4 of Jesus the One & Only reminded me of one of those skits.
The focus of one day of the study was on Luke 7:1-10. Keep in mind that the area that Jesus was teaching in was under Roman rule. Yet a centurion…a Roman solider (and yes I had another TV flashback to Rory…those of you WHO know…know what I mean) had heard about Jesus, being concerned for his slave, he asked his Jewish associates to go to Jesus and request His help.
The Jewish elders go to Jesus and tell Him how worthy this solider is for Jesus to come to him. The centurion loved the nation of Israel and it’s people so much that he had built a synagogue for them to worship. These Jewish elders weren’t necessarily believers. The centurion (a commander of over 100 soldiers) came into contact with the elders through his daily responsibilities. He had also heard of this Healer, but unlike the faith of the elders, he believed in more than just Jesus’ ability to heal. He had faith in Jesus, in His authority, even over sickness.
As Jesus is on His way to the centurion’s home, the centurion re-thinks his request and this time, sends friends to tell Jesus that he is not worthy for Jesus to even enter his home or for him to come to Jesus himself. His friends don’t contradict the centurion’s statements by telling Jesus that he was indeed worthy. Surely they thought their friend was worthy. The centurion, knowing what authority was, knew that Jesus only had to say the words, and the servant would be healed.
Jesus was amazed at his faith. He was impressed.
And right there is where I’ve been stuck.
I feel unworthy of His love and blessings. I feel like I’ve disappointed instead of impressed Jesus.
What does it take to amaze Jesus?
The centurion gives us some ideas:
- don’t think too highly of yourself
- think of other’s first – put some action to those thoughts
- recognize the authority of Jesus
- have faith that Jesus will do what He promised
- humble yourself
- recognize that we are not worthy to approach Jesus, but He made himself approachable
- seek friends to intercede on your behalf
- simply put….Have Faith in Jesus!