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Today's Promise - Matthew 8:7 | Jesus Calls

Matthew 8: When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer came and pleaded with him, “Lord, my young servant lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain.”Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.”

What do you think about when you see the word healed? The word Jesus uses for “heal” is translated from the Greek word therapeuo. This means to serve, do service, to heal, cure, or restore to health.[1]

How has Jesus brought healing into your life? How did He make you well, cure you, care for you or serve you? If you have taken the step of believing in Jesus as your Savior, you have undergone the most dramatic healing you will ever receive. If you have not taken that step of faith the Lord is inviting, you to do so today. He wants to heal you!

A Roman Officer’s servant was ill, and nothing could be done for him, but then the Officer remembered Jesus. Jesus healed people. The Bible does not say how the Roman Officer first encountered Jesus. The important part of the story is that he put his faith into action. He sought out Jesus for the sake of his servant.

The Roman officer was a person of faith and he believed Jesus could heal his servant and He did. That very hour the servant was healed. Jesus modeled healing by physically healing the servant. Jesus also comes to heal us spiritually. He came as a suffering servant so we could be healed spiritually and our relationship with God restored.

 It says in 1 Peter 2:24, “Jesus personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. [2] As Jesus walked to the cross, He knew He was going to give His life for you so you could be healed. He was the Passover Lamb. John the Baptist calls him the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. (John 1:29) The only way Jesus could save us would be to pay the price for our sins on the cross.  He became a servant so that we could be healed. Mark 10:45“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” [3]

A Prayer for a Breakthrough

Father, I ask You for a fresh vision for what breakthrough will look like in my life. Help me to pursue healing while I wait for my miracle. Show me how to rest right in the middle of the storm. Help me to enjoy the feast You prepare for me, right in the middle of the battlefield. I want my whole life to testify that there’s a God in heaven who knows my name and who will get me safely home. Fill me afresh with the wonder of Your love and power. I am determined to win this battle with anxiety. Help me to discern when to rest, when to feast, and how to actively engage my faith as I wait for You to breakthrough. May my life display Your power. Do the impossible in and through me, I pray. Amen.[4]  

To hear more about the healing of the Centurion’s servant, listen here:

[1] Strong, J. (1995). Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon. Woodside Bible Fellowship.

[2,3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[4] Larson, Susie,, accessed July 9. 2020.

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