Faith of a Centurion (Matthew 8:5-13)

While in Capernaum, a centurion approached Jesus.  He asked Jesus to heal his servant.  The servant was paralyzed and suffering horribly.

Jesus agreed to heal the centurion’s servant and offered to go to his home.  However, the centurion told Jesus he was not worthy of having Jesus in his house.  Instead, he asked Jesus to just say the word and his servant would be healed.

Jesus was impressed by the centurion’s faith and responded, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith.” (ESV)

Jesus then told the centurion his servant was healed.

Throughout the gospels, people ask Jesus to touch them to be healed.  They want to see Jesus do something to help them believe in his healing power.  However, the centurion was different.  He didn’t need to see Jesus do anything.  He simply trusted in the word of Jesus.

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