by Frank Pollard

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II Timothy 2:3,4
Christ met face to face with all kinds of people. He
dealt with the devil and his auxiliaries at every corner.
Occasionally He found someone who was a real source of
delight to Him. Perhaps the greatest example of our Lord's
discovering real human worth in the strangest places is the
account in Matthew 8:Sff in wnich Christ is confronted by
a centurian, a commanding officer of the Roman Army, whose
servant was critically ill. There is much that pleases
about this military man. The fact that he is concerned about
a servant is impressive. That he would come to Jesus is
highly admirable, but the kind of faith this "outsider"
possessed prompted our Lord to label it as the highest hum,an
faith he had yet encountered.
He expressed- his faith in militarry terms, say-in-g, "Master,
you don't have to actually go to my house to minister to my
servant. I recognize your great authority. I, too, have
authority. I tell one man "Do this" and lie does it, To
another I say, "Do that" and he obeys. If you just speak the
word, I know it will be done. Here a man without the
religious background of the Jews, without the benefit of the
teaching the disciples had received, revealed a faith they as
yet had not grasped.
Is it so strange that a man who was no mystic, but rather
a fighting man, an army commander, more closely met the mind
of the Master and understood Jesus better than any other?
Perhaps you and I can better grasp the meaning of being a
Christian if we think in militar- terms. Don't we sing,
"Like a mighty army moves the church of God."
No one ever so totally equalled the complete call of
Christianity as did Paul. His life, from conversion to
consumation, is an expanded commentary on the faith of
the centurian. He, too, seemed to have a sort of military
view of Christianity. From two significant statements, one
at the time of salvation and the other much later in ...

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