Matthew 8:5-12

And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.” Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. “For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.”

Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel. “I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” And Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed that very moment.

When a police woman stands in the road and lifts her hand up to a huge articulated truck, it does not stop because she has the physical power to stop it. The driver brings his vehicle to a halt because of her authority. Her uniform, her badge of authority which says ‘Police Department’ and her Identification Card all demonstrate that she represents the law. She embodies the whole power of the law and carries its authority. When she says ‘stop’, the law says ‘stop’.

I've been on an exciting exploration of Romans chapters 5 to 8, which is still ongoing.  (At least it's been exciting to me!) I first wrote the article that follows in June 2015.  After eight months, I finally typed it up ready to post on Thursday.  Then to my great surprise, the very next day, I was at a conference where a remarkably similar conclusion was reached, so maybe this is a good time to share.

I hope you enjoy my musings …

My attention was initially captured by a common theme in Matthew 5 and Romans 7.


In Matthew 5:17-20, Jesus did not come to lower the standard, but to raise the bar.

This morning I asked the Lord, “Why do you want me to always forgive?
Is it because You want me to be a good person?”
This is what I heard in my heart:
“Every time you forgive, you open the door for My kingdom
to come in and be expanded on earth.”

I have two pictures in mind .... one is of a Harvest meadow, the other is of beautiful stretches of blue bell flowers.
Both pictures mean something to me... they speak to me of being in the Lords will ready for the harvest of souls, & also of being in a place of rest.

The harvest is ripe and ready, and the wind of the Holy Spirit will instigate the gathering of the seed. We need to be positioned where He wants us to be, resting, not striving in Him, and ready to reap what the Lord Himself is gathering.

 

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