Things Are True
by Dan Coburn
Pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church
Adrian Rodgers said: “You will never have victory over that things God has placed under you, until you submit yourself to the things God has placed over you”. We all agree with this when someone else is involved, but almost never see it in ourselves.
Last week I promised I would introduce you to arguably the greatest Bible hero. Who did you think it would be? Well, the answer is found in Luke chapter 7, vs 1-10. It’s the story of the Roman centurion who sought the help of Jesus on behalf of one of his servants who was evidently ill unto death. The account in Matthew indicates that Jesus was already resigned to going, when the man said something that stopped Jesus in His tracks. Know what it was? Before we reveal it, lets remember a couple of other things about our Lord. Remember when the disciples were arguing over who would/could be the most exalted/important in heaven? Jesus answered them in the form of a rebuke when He said in Mark 9:35: “If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and a servant of all.” Seem strange? How about Matt. 23:12 - “And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.” This is by no means an exhaustive list of the teachings on humility, but you get the point. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, - What was it about our hero that Jesus was so impressed by? The answer is found in our text, in vs 8. Notice that he didn’t try to impress our Lord by giving his resume, and bragging about all the stroke he had, and all the people he had power over, but rather said this: “For I also am a man set under authority”. Notice the difference? Jesus had been saying that He did nothing of His own authority, but of His Fathers. The centurion got it. He was telling Jesus he understood, what I’m afraid 99% of us don’t get, and Jesus Marveled - vs 9. Nugget: Jesus only marveled twice. Here, and in Nazareth at the unbelief of the Jews. When you get the Lord to marvel, you have done something. Does He marvel at you? For what? God bless.