Great faith — four clues

Doc Holladay
Bible Snacks
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9 min readApr 11, 2024

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The opposite of little faith

Last post we discovered four places in the bible where Jesus said “Oh you of little faith” combined with something his disciples were doing that was causing them to not have faith in that moment. These four things are worry, doubt, fear, and human reasoning (see the last post here). These are four things that humans naturally do but each weakens our faith. What about the opposite? Christ also calls out times of “great faith” in his interactions with people. Let’s also learn what it means to have great faith.

Seeing the unseen authority chain

Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, 6 saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”
7 And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
8 The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! Matthew 8:5–10 (NKJV)

Why would this be described as “I have not found such great faith” or as the greatest faith he’s seen? Many think it’s because he said he didn’t need him to come physically in person to heal…

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Doc Holladay
Bible Snacks

I write about matters of the heart and Bible topics that bring authentic life changes.