The Faith, Humility and Love of a Roman Centurion – Matthew 8

When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer came and pleaded with him, “Lord, my young servant lies in bed, paralysed and in terrible pain.” Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.”

But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.”

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who were following him, he said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel! And I tell you this, that many Gentiles will come from all over the world—from east and west—and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven.  But many Israelites—those for whom the Kingdom was prepared—will be thrown into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, “Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened.” And the young servant was healed that same hour. – Matthew 8:5-13

After reading Matthew 8 today I was awestruck by the belief of this Roman official. He knew that Jesus’ words carried a life-giving authority that could heal his servant. I am amazed of his selfless faith, he believed in Jesus power from where he stood and knew Jesus’ physical presence was not required to perform this miracle. I wish we all could revere Jesus and know that His Authority is sufficient no matter what geographical location we are in. If we all could understand the power of Gods Word and have the faith of a mustard seed, unimaginable strongholds and bondages could be overcome in Jesus’ name!

I am also reminded of my own flaws as I compare myself to this roman official. The Centurion, who had been given cultural status and authority, had not let pride get in the way when expressing his love for his servant. We all need the humility of this centurion, he was willing to leave his post and seek out Jesus. He didn’t just think about his poor servant, he put faith into action! He ‘pleaded’ with Jesus for him to be healed and was not worried what others would think as he humbled himself in front of Jesus-the-healer.

Wow what a reminder of the love we need to have for others, the faith and confidence we need in our Messiah who can heal and overcome terrible pain and suffering! I pray today that Christ responds to you “Because you believed, it has happened”



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