Matthew 8:8-9 Meditation

“But the Roman officer interjected, “Lord, who am I to have you come into my house? I understand your authority, for I too am a man who walks under authority and have authority over soldiers who serve under me. I can tell one to go and he’ll go, and another to come and he’ll come. I order my servants and they’ll do whatever I ask. So I know that all you need to do is to stand here and command healing over my son and he will be instantly healed.””

Matthew 8:8-9 TPT

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The Roman officer understood

He was not worthy

Of Jesus’ time

Or presence in his home

He understood that Jesus

Was his superior

In every way that mattered

Jesus was his Lord

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Yet as an officer

He also understood

That Jesus had authority

That no one else had

He knew that Jesus’ words

Were powerful commands

That sent demons away

And cured illnesses

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As an officer he understood

Authorities’ ways

He knew that Jesus commands

Would have to be obeyed

He had somehow grasped

Jesus was from God

With heavens resources

At his command

.

Though he knew he was not worthy

Yet he also trusted

That Jesus would care

Would love even a Roman

He must have known

How Jesus handled sinners

Known that Jesus compassion

Was not bound by prejudices

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His simple faith

In Jesus as Lord

Brought forth this beautiful statement

Of faith in Jesus word

All the officer required

Was Jesus command

And his son would be healed

Of that he was certain

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There is something this man saw

That we all need to see

For Jesus love is His essence

And His love comes for free

And love empowers His actions

So that all can see

That healing and salvation

Are Jesus realms of authority

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Lord like this Roman empower me

To have faith in Your love and authority

To trust Your commands will set me free

From the sickness that besets me

And trust the words we say together

Will bring healing to another

Your Presence in me my guarantee

I live in Your love for eternity

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