6And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, ‘Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; 7therefore I did not presume to come to you.

But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed. 8For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, “Go”, and he goes, and to another, “Come”, and he comes, and to my slave, “Do this”, and the slave does it.’ 9When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, ‘I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.’ 10When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

What the centurion saw that the “elders” failed to comprehend is that, in the physical presence of Jesus, a whole new dimension of “authority” was manifest. The centurion was operating in a different dimension. Jesus identified this realm using the word “faith.”

The centurion had opened to the possibility that Jesus embodied a power could not be confined to any humanly constructed religious system, no matter how profound it might be. He saw that the work of Jesus was not restricted to the official channels of religious hierarchy. Jesus crossed all boundaries and shattered all human constructs. Jesus transcended all religious institutions, and leadership.

The word of Jesus activated the power of God regardless of merit, belief, behaviour, dogma, or theology. In Jesus God was at work in the most unexpected, and for some, unacceptable, places.

The power of love that Christians see embodied in Jesus is not confined to time, space, or physical circumstance. I am the recipient of this power whenever or wherever I truly hear and respond to the word of truth that Jesus spoke.

When I live in tune with the authority of Jesus, like the centurion’s slave, I find “Good health”.

God help me to hear the voice of truth and love in my life and to live under the authority of your life-giving word.