"But say the word, and my servant will be healed." What a declaration!
In today's world there is a prevailing tendency to think that we are 'master's' of our own destiny and instead of submitting to His authority or in many cases to any authority there is often a 'You can't tell me what to do' type attitude. So I guess what I'm saying at this moment in the message is this, "Its time. Its time that we as His people get a good handle on the fact that He is and always will be the reigning authority!" Jesus hadn't even met the man directly. His communication had only been through others and by the message he sent Jesus still spoke some pretty definite words about him. It says that when He heard the words from the message He marveled at him, turned around and declared to the crowd that followed Him, "I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!"
Did you catch that? It says that when He heard the man's words He marveled at them and declared that this man had 'such great faith.' A faith that He hasn't even seen in all Israel. Jesus was able to declare this about the man because of the message that he had sent. "But say the word, and my servant will be healed." He didn't say "maybe," or "might be" he said, "will be healed!" He goes on to explain that he knows this is possible because he understands how to take and how to give orders. He tells Jesus that he knows Jesus can make it so! Why? Because He has the power and authority to say so! 'Such great faith' means knowing that at his word, its a done deal!
He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was able to perform. And therefore "it was accounted to him for righteousness." Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification. Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 4:20-5:2
Lord that your people would let faith arise to believe! Lord that we would declared, "But say the word, and my need will be met! Amen and Amen!