Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Faith of the Centurion

Jesus had never seen such faith as that of the Centurions and was amazed. To myknowledge, I can not think of any other time in the gospels that Jesus expresses amazement. So what then is so uniqu about this man's faith?

This has been haunting me the past few weeks and I would like to share my struggle with the rest of the world to discover some possibilities about why and how the faith of the Centurion amazes Jesus.

BECAUSE thats what I want of my life, TO AMAZE JESUS.

The Faith of the Centurion

When Jesus had finished saying all this in the hearing of the people, 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.

1 comment:

  1. I really think that the faith the centurion had at that point was very similar to that of Jesus'. Being in such a powerful position, the centurion knew what it was like to have authority over others and even when he had all of this authority...there was still something more that he needed and he was not complete until he had the love of Jesus Christ.