The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.
A centurion was a professional officer in the Roman army. He was not a believer in the God of the people of Israel. He did not practice the Jewish religion. But it was a certain centurion who came to Jesus believing that He could heal his paralyzed servant. In this passage, Jesus doesn’t question the centurion about his belief system or anything…but immediately agrees to heal the man’s servant. The centurion, a heathen in the eyes of the Jews, calls Jesus “Lord” and tells Him he doesn’t even have to come to his home…but can heal the servant from afar. Jesus goes on to say that “in no one in Israel have I found such faith.” In other words…Jesus has found such faith in someone outside the so-called “faithful” or “in” group. Do we accept all people as children of God…as Jesus did?
Suggested song of the day– “Changed” on the Give Praise and Thanks album.
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