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The faith of the centurion

on June 3, 2013

Luke 7:1-10 is a wonderful story about faith of a centurion, a Roman, who asks Jesus to heal his servant. He has faith that Jesus will heal his servant completely.

“When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” So Jesus went with them.

He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.”

What is so wonderful about this story is that the centurion is a Roman, who is supposed to worship Cesar, the “Lord”. He is a gentile, not a Jew. He is a leader, a soldier, of authority. Yet, he has respect for the Jews (he helped build their synagogue). He willingly comes to Jesus to ask for his servant’s healing, and he says he is not worthy to deserve Jesus. What faith to say that Jesus will come and will do it.

When we feel saddened or ill, when we feel alone, think of this passage. Have faith in Him, because He will carry us through. He will do it. He will heal us and give us great joy and comfort. So, let us have faith as strong as this centurion.

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