Miracle in Capernaum

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Matthew 8:5-13

One of the places we visited in Israel this week was Capernaum. Now the city as it stands today is just excavated ruins, but in Jesus' day this was an important seaside city. The city was also important to Jesus and became his "home away from home" after the crowds rejected him in his hometown of Nazareth.

In Matthew 8:5-13 Jesus encounters a Roman centurion who seeks Jesus out to ask him to heal one of his servants. Jesus is amazed by this Gentile's (non-Jew's) faith and heals the servant from afar speaking these simple words "Go; let it be done for you as you have believed" (vs. 13).

What did the account of the Roman centurion reveal to you about faith generally, and your own faith? What did this passage show you about Jesus? Tami W.

P.S. Enjoy a few pictures of Capernaum.

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Faith has as much to do with our view of who God is as our view of what He can do. The centurion recognized Jesus' greatness, and properly saw Himself as completely unworthy by comparison. Realizing this, He also knew that Jesus' greatness meant that He could provide healing just by speaking the word from a distance.

In looking at my own faith, I know that God is capable of anything, and its my desire to see Him glorified in my life. I'm dealing with a situation personally right now for which I don't know the final resolution. I know what I'd like to see happen, and I know that God can and will be glorified no matter what the outcome is in my life. In a situation like this, my faith in God has to trust that He can provide what I'd like to see, but ultimately, it also must trust that, if He should choose to act in the opposite way, it will be for my greatest good and His glory.

Well said Brian

Work without faith is dead. The Roman Centurion had heard and seen the great works of Jesus. He believed that if Jesus could heal all them people then he can heal is servant. I have been faced with obstacles in my life and I not its not the last, but what I do know that there is no problem or challenges here on earth greater than my Father. I have faith to know that HIS will, will be done. It might not be what I want it to be but it will be what my Father has it to be. But as Brian said, no matter what the outcome maybe in my life i'm still going to glorify my Father in heaven. I will not let anything, anybody, or any situations to arive in my life seperate me from the LOVE of GOD!

Brian- Thank you for your words. They are so true.
This scripture is a great example of faith. I have been out of work for 7 months now, looking steadly, but with nothing coming of it as of yet. Some days get discouraging. However, with that said I have had this child-like faith that everything will be ok. My family and I have made some huge lifestyle changes. We have sold newer cars for older cars. We went from a house to an apartment. And yesterday, we stopped cable, internet, and our land line phone. And you know what? I got no complaining from my kids, just understanding. For that I am truly blessed. Our Father in Heaven watches over us and if we have faith that he will do so, it sure makes life a lot less stressful.

The Centurion exercised practical faith. He viewed the fact that if he, just an ordinary man, achieved much by just saying it, and Jesus being God the Son, is able to do exceedingly more. His faith was where his mouth is.
What was even more puzzling is that this man was not a Jew, but a Roman centurion whom Jesus remarked that many will come from east, west and inherit the Kingdom, but those who are suppose to be His people were not has faithful and would end up in outer darkness because of their lack of faith and trust in Him.

Faith is believing in what we cannot see but trusting in Jesus. We have to believe The Word. I have faith in Christ and no matter what if something does not come through I believe there are other reasons. I believe that man and not God has not come through with our part of the deal.

It shows me that Jesus is God.

Elise,

Your comment was very encouraging. God does have a plan for you and your family. I will pray for you.

What's revealed about faith generally?

Many gentiles will be saved by centurion-like faith in the one true Jesus. (not Isa of Qur'an, or Jesus of: Mormons, JehovahWitness' etc)

What's revealed about my own faith? That Jesus is in full control in my life, IF I acknowledge Him sovereign Lord, the miracles are even from afar!

What did this passage show you about Jesus?

So many times we see Jesus own Words, yet gloss over the details; LOOK at what will happen to those who "profess" some salvific connection without Jesus: outer darkness, weeping and gnashing of teeth....


v11-12
11I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven,12while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."13 And to the centurion Jesus said, "Go; let it be done for you as you have believed." And the servant was healed at that very moment.

I do not want to be there in outer darkness,!
Jesus speaks of this outer darkness place. Many warm and fuzzy love people deny it exists, or that there will be those that are going there.....forevermore......

Grace and Peace, until Judgment Day

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