A lot of people took notice on FaceBook of the photo I posted Sunday. It was taken at the, service that I had a chance to speak to the officers working the traffic for the Braves game on Easter Sunday. We had a good short service standing in the parking lot of the Weather Channel's Building. But while all that may be OK, what was said was remarkable. Not by me, but by a law enforcement officer. And that officer was not even there.
I read a two passages of Scripture and that was my message. In the first passage, it should be noted that this is the ONLY place in the bible that Jesus marveled at someone's faith. Jesus was amazed at this man's faith in him and he said so. It seems that this Law Enforcement officer (a centurion) had a sick servant and so he sent for Jesus to come to his home to heal this man. This officer was not Jewish, but he knew the Jewish laws and customs. The Jewish leaders who came on the officers behalf ask Jesus to please come heal the man because of how much the officer had done in the community to help the people. But before Jesus arrived He sent a second man to say how much he understood the idea of "Chain of Command" and he knew that if Jesus just said the words the servant would be healed. That was some deep faith and this officer is the one who had it. Here is the passage:
Luke 7:2-10 NLT
2 At that time the highly valued slave of a Roman officer was sick and near death. 3 When the officer heard about Jesus, he sent some respected Jewish elders to ask him to come and heal his slave. 4 So they earnestly begged Jesus to help the man. “If anyone deserves your help, he does,” they said, 5 “for he loves the Jewish people and even built a synagogue for us.”
6 So Jesus went with them. But just before they arrived at the house, the officer sent some friends to say, “Lord, don’t trouble yourself by coming to my home, for I am not worthy of such an honor. 7 I am not even worthy to come and meet you. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. 8 I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.”
9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd that was following him, he said, “I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!” 10 And when the officer’s friends returned to his house, they found the slave completely healed.
Do you? Do we, have a faith like this? To believe that as God speaks it will happen? If we do then why do we not pour over the words Jesus has already spoken in the Bible? No doubt a law enforcement officer said something of huge importance here. But then there was a second verse Sunday I read.
It seems that at the crucifixion of Jesus there was weeping, suffering, gawking, mocking, and lots of comments. But one comment was recorded that stands again above all the rest. You guessed it once again the comment is made by a law enforcement officer.
Again we see the faith of the law enforcement officer as first worships God. Then he says what is true and obvious.
I am delighted to work with law enforcement. They are brave, patriotic, dedicated to their work and truthful. Helping them to have this kind of faith is a passion in my life.