Our Relationship with the Lord
Introduction: If you are a Christian, when you look at yourself, what do you see? Do you see
someone who is imperfect and lacking in several areas? Or do you see yourself complete in
Christ? How one answers these questions is based on their relationship with the Lord. In the
Gospels of Matthew and Mark we find two insightful stories about relationships with the Lord.
In Matthew 8:5-13, we find Jesus agreeing to travel to the centurion’s house to heal his servant.
But the centurion changes his mind and says that he was not worthy that Jesus should come
under his roof; but only speak a word and his servant would be healed. The Bible says that
when Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said, “Assuredly, I have not found such great faith [as
this], not even in Israel! Then He said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed,
so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.
In Mark 5:21-24; 39-42, we find the story of Jairus, who fell at the feet Jesus and asked Him to
heal his daughter. When the Lord arrived at the home of Jairus, He found people there who
were mourning. When He said the girl was not dead but sleeping, they mocked Him.
Subsequently, the Lord told the guest to leave, and all who remained were the child’s parents
and those who had made the journey with Him. Then Jesus took the child by the hand, and said
to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” Immediately the girl
arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great
Analysis: Jairus was a Jewish elected official in charge of the synagogue, worship service, and
the school. He probably knew of Jesus, but his faith was based on tangible evidence. For his
faith to grow, Jesus needed to allow Jairus to see his daughter restored. If the Lord had refused
his request, Jairus’ alignment with the Pharisees would have grown.
One the other hand, the centurion was a Roman military commander who understood
authority. He gave order to his soldiers and did not need to be present to ensure they were
carried out. He was not influenced by the Pharisees and other religious leaders; nor did he
allow his culture, ethnicity, rank, or success to keep him from Jesus. The centurion had a better
understanding of who Jesus is than did Jairus. Yet, Jesus was willing to meet Jairus at the level
of faith in which he operated. As Christians, even if all we have is mustard seed faith, the Bible
says that we should cast our cares on Him, because He cares for us (1st Peter 5:7).” God shows
no partiality (Acts 10:34). If you struggle with doubting the authority and faithfulness of Jesus,
refer to the following scriptures: Psalm 1:1-3; Joel 2:12, 13; John 17: 20-23; Psalm 46:1;
Malachi 3:11; Colossians 2: 9, 10; Ephesians 1:7 and 8; Romans 8:32; 2nd Corinthians 5:7
Conclusion: Christians have a part of the Lord’s divine nature. The way we see Jesus will not
affect God’s acceptance of us; but it can affect our acceptance of what God has for us.