The Good News – Restoration of Health and Life

  And when Yahushua had entered Kephar Nachum, And a certain captain’s servant, who was valuable to him, was sick and about to die. And hearing about Yahushua, he sent elders of the Yehudim to Him, asking Him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Yahushua, they begged Him earnestly, saying, “Master, my servant is lying in the house paralysed, grievously tortured. He is worthy for You to grant this to him, for he loves our nation, and has built the congregation for us.”
   And Yahushua said to him, “I shall come and heal him.”
   So Yahushua went with them. However, He was not far from the house when the captain sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “Master, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. For this reason I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say a word, and my servant shall be healed. For I too am a man appointed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
   And when Yahushua heard this, He marvelled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, not even in Yisra’el have I found such great belief!”
   “And I say to you that many shall come from east and west, and sit down with Avraham, and Yitschaq, and Ya’aqov in the reign of the shamayim, but the sons of the reign shall be cast out into outer darkness – there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
   And Yahushua said to the captain, “Go, and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.”
   And his servant was healed that hour. And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant who had been sick in good health.
   And it came to be the next day, that He went into a city called Na’im. And many of His taught ones went with Him, and a large crowd. And see, as He came near the gate of the city a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. And when the Master saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”
   And coming near He touched the bier, and those bearing it stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.”
   And he who was dead sat up and began to speak, and He gave him to his mother. And fear seized all, and they praised Elohim, saying, “A great prophet has been raised up among us,” and, “Elohim has visited His people.”
   And this news about Him went out in all Yehudah and all the neighborhood.

Exposition

  This portion of The Good News Series is found in the Gospel of Mattityahu (Matthew) 8:5-13 and Luços (Luke) 7:2-17. It is a powerful portion of redemption from illness and the jaws of death. Yahushua restores the Captain/Centurion’s servant to perfect health because of the deeds of the man and the faith of the Captain. Yahushua marvels at the captain’s understanding of Yahushua’s ministry, the delegation and burden of responsibility, performing under a greater authority for a greater purpose. It is a clear demonstration of the power of faith – it can overcome death!
 The second portion is the story of a young man restored to life, to his mother, and to His clan – a small type-and-shadow of  the death and resurrection of Messiah! How much more is our faith than theirs – we have not miracle nor wonders before our eyes but the Word of Elohim and the promise of eternal life through our Messiah. May you be inspired by the word and have your faith deepen in Yahushua the Messiah. Shalom Aleichem!