When he entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” Matthew 8:5-7
The Master serving his servant.
He calls his servant to do this or to do that. He tells him to go or to stay. The servant waits for the master’s hands when to point and where to point. This master directs his servant. The servant serves his master. Yet at this instance, the master serves his servant. The servant is powerless, paralyzed at home. The servant has no comfort, suffering dreadfully. The servant can’t stand and can’t come. The master comes to his aid, he serves the supposedly serving. The master thinks more of his servant more than himself.
And he came to Jesus, the ultimate Master. He prayed to him, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” The Master did not have second or third thoughts on this as he said to him, “I will come and cure him.”
Is Jesus familiar with this situation?
He is our Master who is serving his servants. He comes to our aid. When we are powerless and paralyzed, Jesus carries us and walks the way for us. When we are dreadfully suffering, our Master comes to be our comfort and stronghold.
He gives us the ability to preach his word. He supplies the wisdom to proclaim. He provides the hands to work. He gives us the pen to write. He maintains in us the passionate heart to be committed and consistent. He provides us with the strength to win over temptations so we may be loyal to him. When we are in lack and scarce, he reaches out his hands and provides our needs. He gives us the grace for us to be robust hearted for him. He blesses us with courage in our fear and uncertainty. He is a master who thinks more of his servants. A master who came and comes to our aid.
Jesus is our Master. Yet, he serves us, his servants. He is our Servant Master.