God-in-a-Box–Your Inbox… for appreciating God
Get a Cosmic View of Jesus' Life in Small Bytes

#92 Our Claim to God’s Help

The Centurion is special, but not because he’s decked out in helmet and Roman regalia, not because he’s an officer–a commander of troops. Jesus celebrates his faith! He is one of the pure-in-heart, the genuine, Jesus had just talked about.

Educated in Rome, and then as a soldier, he knew little of the true God. But his heart recognizes God in the love of Jesus, and he is drawn to his kindness.

He doesn’t wait to see if the Jews will accept Jesus as the Messiah. When his need presents itself, he asks, even though he sees himself as an outsider, and not worthy of special gifts. He has confidence in the goodness of God he sees in Jesus, and he acts.

Jesus is overjoyed and can’t help stopping to remark on it. Not only does he commend his faith, but adds that the Centurion is a symbol of those from all other countries, all other religions, that will recognize God in Him and come take their places with Abraham and Isaac. This is how everyone comes to God through Jesus.

Our helplessness is our greatest claim to the power of God. Our need makes His healing power a necessity, touching His heart of compassion.*

When Satan’s agents make you feel unworthy of God’s care or intervention, tell them that Jesus came into the world to save sinners–you don’t have to be perfect. And you require no other recommendation to God than your great need, now or ever.**

*James 1:5  **1John 2:1-2

Advertisements

No Responses to “#92 Our Claim to God’s Help”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: