Pentecost 2
June 17, 2001
Luke 7:1-10
"Not too much Trouble"

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Introduction: "If it wouldn't be too much trouble…" Ever hear that little request? Sure, we all have! When someone says those little words, "If it wouldn't be too much trouble…" we usually think, yes, it will be too much trouble. Sometimes, we convince ourselves that it will be "too much trouble" to ask and so we feebly try to get by on our own, sometimes with a greater amount of difficulty then if we had simply asked in the first place.

Now, for our question for today, is it too much trouble to ask God for His help and His guidance? The answer from our Gospel lesson for today is a resounding "No!" it is never too much trouble to ask! In fact, that’s the whole point of our lesson for today. All we are to do is ask Jesus for help!

In fact, from our text for this morning we will soon see that no one is beyond the concern and care of the Savior. In fact, He will go to great lengths to help us. There is none here that are too unworthy for Jesus' help. You can't be too poor, too bad, or anything. Jesus will never deny any of His mercy and love. This morning, let's see how there is nothing too much trouble for Jesus to handle.

Jesus proves that He is willing and able to help. Look what He does:

1.   He goes to a home of a pagan - a hated Roman enemy “Then Jesus went with them” v. 6  

The Romans were a hated people. They had held their captures with an iron grip. They controlled every movement of their subjects. There wasn’t anything you could do without their power and control.

But worse then their manner of domination was the simple fact that the Romans, by and large did not have any of the common religious roots of their captures. Yet, this did not deter Jesus. He goes to the home of a pagan, a hated Roman enemy to help this man in his time of need. This habit of helping sinners and strangers caught the ire of Jesus’ enemies. In fact, this was the charge that was leveled at Jesus; that He ate with and associated with strangers and sinners.

Strangers were to be avoided. The Law required that they were to be buried in separate burial places; marriage with strangers was strictly forbidden.  They were to be hospitable true, but even hospitality had its limits. Jesus was going way out of His way to associate with strangers.  And thanks be to God that He did go out of His way to help the stranger. For you and I by our sin are strangers and enemies of God. Yet Jesus will not be hindered when it comes to seeking those who are in need. He even goes to a stranger’s house because there is a need.

Jesus is willing to help because He see that there is Faith present in the heart of the centurion.

2.   Faith is believing - Even the lowest, cheapest form of humanity can poses saving faith. “And when He was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying unto Him, Lord, trouble not Thyself: for I am not worthy that Thou shouldest enter under my roof: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.” vv.6- 7a

This centurion realized he could not bargain with God. He knew of His unworthiness to ask anything of the Savior because of His sin.  Yet in faith He also realized that Jesus had the power to restore and to heal.  “Just say the word Jesus!”  “Just say the word, and my servant will be healed!”  This is a demonstration of great and amazing faith.  This man knew that all he had to do is take Jesus at His word, for He would do it.  Oh if you and I could have such as faith as this. It’s a simple faith, yet at the same time it is a dynamic faith; a faith that simply takes Jesus at His word. It is a faith that realizes that Jesus has the will and the way to help in our time of need.

Jesus is more then willing to express praise for this man’s faithfulness.

3.   He praises an unbeliever's faith more than all others in the land. “ When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.” v.9 

      Such a faith is hard to come by. Rarely do we find it, and when we do it is a marvelous thing. You and I so often tend to worry and fret, fuss and bother over so many things. Like Martha Jesus often has to call us by name and calm us down by saying “you are troubled by so many things” This centurion, was able to place his circumstances into the hands of the Savior where he knew he would be safe and secure.  Such a faith is what we should strive for. Our prayer should be “Lord, increase our faith!” “Lord, we believe, help our unbelief!” “Lord, help me to have such a faith that in love will bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, endure all things.” Give me a faith such as this that will never fail.

Conclusion:  "If it wouldn't be too much trouble?”  It’s never too much trouble for Jesus! As He demonstrated in the life of this Centurion and in the life of his servant it’s never too much trouble for Jesus. Come to Him at your moment of need and believing realize that He will be more then able to help. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

+ Soli Deo Gloria +