In Matthew 8, a centurion, whose servant was sick at home, came to Jesus asking for help. When Jesus agreed to go and heal the servant, He was astonished to hear the centurion say:
“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.”‘ (vv.8-9)
This man believed in the power of the word and not just anyone’s word, but Jesus’. There have been so many times in my own life where a Word from the Saviour was enough to heal, guide, comfort, correct, restore and renew me. Oftentimes it’s been a verse from Scripture, a song or message I had heard, or an encouraging word from a friend. Not long ago, I found myself praying those exact words as the centurion did, “Just say the word.” And believe me when I say that there will always be a Word from Jesus to bring the healing you need. “Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour” (v.13).