Springboarding off of the Apostle Paul’s life focus, clearly expressed in 1 Corinthians 2:2, Pastor Greg launched an “open-ended” message series on January 12th, 2020 – focusing on “Just Jesus.” He is walking us through the entire New Testament, pulling passages from the Old Testament for context, and keep us focused throughout the year on “Just Jesus.” This week Pastor Greg looks at Matthew 8:4-13. Pastor G shares why the Centurion’s faith was unlike that of anyone else Jesus had met as well as a prophecy by Jesus about both Gentiles and Jews that would be saved.
For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. ~ 1 Corinthians 2:2
“Faith is the ASSURANCE of things HOPED for and the EVIDENCE of things not yet obtained.” ~ Hebrews 11:1
Then Jesus said to him, “See that you do not speak to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest, and bring the offering that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” ~ Matthew 8:4
a testimony, a witness, an evidence, or a proof of something.
[Our God] wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. ~ 1 Timothy 2:4
And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.” ~ Matthew 8:5-6
IMPLORING … It can mean to call to or to call for. It can mean to exhort or to encourage. It can mean to send for, or to summon or to invite. It can mean to comfort or to encourage or to console. From the context, because C.I.E. – context is everything – it’s most common usage is implied. To beseech, to entreat, to ask or to beg.
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. 9or 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.” ~ Matthew 8:7-9
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. ~ Matthew 8:10
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; ~ Matthew 8:11
Those who come from the east and the west of Israel are the Gentiles. Everyone who is not part of the chosen race of Israel.
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.” ~ Matthew 8:10-12
This term, “the sons of the kingdom” was a Jewish idiom that always referred to the nation of Israel as a whole. Jesus is saying, just like there was an expectation by many of Jesus’ contemporaries that NO Gentiles would be saved when Messiah came, there was a similar expectation that ALL Jews would be saved when Messiah came. Jesus is letting them know in this verse that this is not necessarily the case.
can mean weeping, lamentation or crying. But it is a form of the word klaíō which means “to grieve audibly” – a bitter grief that springs from feeling utterly hopeless. ——- klauthmós is weeping usually accompanied by wailing shrieks, brought on by uncontainable emotional (psychological) pain.
a biting, a grinding or a gnashing of teeth.
Outer darkness, weeping and gnashing of teeth are all frequent Biblical references to hell and Jesus surely intends this understanding here as well. The sons of the kingdom, some of them, will end up in hell. Something to avoid yeah? Note that Jesus is NOT saying all Jewish people will be excluded from heaven. After all, He told is in the verse before that the patriarchs will be there. MANY Jews AND Gentiles will be saved.
What He is saying, by linking these statements to the faith of the Gentile centurion is that faith in Jesus or rejection of Jesus will be the determining factor. Heaven or hell, the determining factor will be the acceptance of or the rejection of Jesus as Messiah. When Jesus gives this prophecy many Jewish people have already put their faith in Jesus. Many more are coming to Him now. Jesus’ point is simply that citizenship in Israel will not guarantee anyone a place at the table of God in eternity. Only faith in Jesus will do that. This was a revolutionary revelation by Jesus. And this is still an invitation to both Jews and Gentiles even now.
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. ~ Matthew 8:13