Matthew 8:5-13

The Faith of the Centurion

5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6“Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”

7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”

8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 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.”

10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.

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Talk about something remarkable to learn from! A Centurian, often regarded as the highest military figure in the world at the current time and the pride of the Roman forces, this man showed humility to it’s fullest. This man states the case of his servant whom is ill to Jesus and says that he, the polished military figure, is not worthy of this dirty carpenter to come under his roof to heal the man but knew that if he said the word that it would happen and the servant would be healed. The Centurian sees that Jesus is over his life by speaking of the comparison of him over his men and servants who report to and serve him and knows that His words can create action. Think of how we view ourselves. I am admittedly very prideful and self sufficient feeling about many things. I figure I have everything under control and can make good decisions to get myself and others through problems based on my own volition. This is just not the case! Call yourself to see that you are not more righteous than anyone or too weak to ask for help. And always remember that faith is the answer of so many questions and request. Show faith, love and pursuit of Christ and you will be handsomely rewarded.

~MB

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