Authority (Luke 7:8)

For I also am a man placed 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.”

Luke 7:8

We chafe at authority. I know I do.

This verse is a message sent to Jesus by a Centurion. The Centurion had sent some folks to Jesus asking for Jesus to heal the Centurion’s slave and Jesus agreed. While Jesus was on His way, the Centurion sent more folks, presumably having learned that Jesus was coming to his house, and these folks delivered the message that the Centurion did not count himself worthy to have Jesus come under his roof. All he was asking was for Jesus to say the word and he (the Centurion) knew that his servant would be healed.

The Centurion gives his explanation for why he trusts as he does. He notes that he, too, is a man under authority and has others under his authority. Those who are under his authority obey him. Those whose authority he is under are obeyed. He gets the hierarchy and understands that Jesus is at the top of the chain of command, able to command even illness that would kill and be obeyed.

This is the state of things. Jesus is the final Authority. Jesus is in command of all things. The Centurion knew it; understood it. Do I?

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