"And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, and saying, 'Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.' Jesus said to him, 'I will come and heal him.' But the centurion said, 'Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, 'Go!' and he goes, and to another, 'Come!' and he comes, and to my slave, 'Do this!' and he does it.' Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, 'Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel,'" (Matthew 8:5--10).
* Can you imagine exhibiting faith that would cause the Son of God to marvel? And this centurion's extraordinary trust had its source in the principle of authority. The greater our vision of the sovereign authority of the Lord Jesus, the greater our faith in His sufficiency.
* Throughout the Scriptures the Lord is pictured as yearning for His people to trust Him. How ironic that it would be an unnamed Gentile who's faith would cause the Son of God to marvel.
And the key to his trust is found in his understanding of the principle of authority. How much authority does the Lord Jesus have in our lives?