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  1. Matthew 8:5-13
  2. And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
  3. And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
  4. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
  5. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
  6. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
  7. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
  8. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
  9. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
  10. And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

Commentary

The centurion came to Jesus that He would heal his sick servant. Jesus immediately complied and even offered to go to his house.

But the centurion made a very remarkable statement: just speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. He then went to explain that he had soldiers under him who do as he commands.

The centurion realized something that not most people knew by then: Jesus has authority over diseases and that He would just say a word and the disease would obey and leave.

He was comparing the authority he had over his soldiers where he would command them to do something and they would obey; to the authority that Jesus had over the disease. Jesus didn't even have to move or visit his house - He was just to command the disease to leave and it would.

In response, Jesus was very much amazed and marvelled that, 'I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel'. The centurion believed that Jesus had the authority to command the disease out; just by His word. And that is so great faith my dear friends.

And his servant was healed as he had believed.

Jesus then also made a startling statement: That many gentiles, through their faith, shall come from the east and west and share in the kingdom of heaven; while the jews, through their unbelief, will be cast out even though they are the 'children of the kingdom'.

Furthemore, the centurion was a gentile.

Lesson

I will just quote one verse here as the lesson from this scripture:

  1. Hebrews 11:6
  2. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Shalom.

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