Just Say The Word
All God has to do in any circumstance is speak. He does not have to lift an arm or finger. He does not have to swing a mighty sword. In fact, Revelation 19:15 says that His sword is His speech that proceeds from His mouth - "Coming out of His mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations."
The Centurion of Matthew 8:5-13 that needed his servant healed knew this fact about Jesus. This commander of a hundred soldiers recognized Christ's supernatural authority, told Jesus that his home was not worthy of Christ's visit and called Jesus - Master/Lord. Authority recognized authority.Authority has power and responsibility that carry with it a weight behind it's purpose which declares a Seal of Approval from a Higher Power. Jesus has the ultimate authority.
Authority in the original Greek is the word exousia (ex-oo-see'-ah) meaning concretely magistrate, superhuman, potentate, delegated influence: - authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength.
Authority has to come from someone greater than yourself. Even Jesus, The Word of God in flesh, said, "the Father is greater than I." (John 14:28) while visiting us the first time. This is confirmed in Philippians 2:6-8 and Hebrews 2:9.
As I have studied authority in the life of Jesus, I noticed He taught as one who had the right and jurisdiction to teach - meaning no-one else could. Said another way, what He spoke about was Right in His Ballpark.
"the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law." - Matthew 7:28-29
However, what made Jesus special to me was that not only did He display His authority with His many miracles but He proved His authority and subsequent authentic relationship with Father God through His self-sacrifice and self-resurrection.
What the Centurion requested from Jesus was something he did himself but could not transfer into the supernatural. As a commander, the Centurion had the authority to give orders to other soldiers for their immediate execution. He did not have that same authority over the paralyzing sickness his servant had, but he knew who did and how He did it - Jesus with just one word."When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 'Lord,' he said, 'my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.'
Jesus said to him, 'Shall I come and heal him?'
The centurion replied, 'Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.'
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, 'Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.'
Then Jesus said to the centurion, 'Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.' And his servant was healed at that moment. (Matt. 8:5-13)