This is the story of the centurion, a commander in the Roman army in Capernaum, who comes to Jesus and asks Him to heal his servant. Though Jesus offers to go to his home to cure him, the centurion states “he is not worthy to receive such as Jesus in his home, but knows that Jesus only needs to say the words and his servant would be healed.”
This was a very wealthy and powerful man in Caesar’s army.
Yet, he humbled himself to a man, many considered an itinerant (i.e. traveling) preacher, in front of all His disciples and the throngs of people who had come to see and hear Jesus.
“In the story, Jesus then says, “I tell you solemnly, nowhere in Israel have I found faith like this.”
The reference note on this story in my New Jerusalem (research) Bible is poignant. It says, “The faith that Jesus asks for from the outset of His public life and throughout His subsequent career is that act of trust and of self-abandonment by which people no longer rely on their own strength and policies but commit themselves to the power and guiding word of Him in whom they believe.”
This is the type of faith we all should be striving to achieve.
I found this graphic on the Internet in Google’s image database, but unfortunately it wasn’t linked to the artist. Though I hate to infringe on copyright, I had to show you this. It is a fantastic representation of how Jesus seemed to feel about the centurion’s faith and His welcome of this centurion into the kingdom. How fantastic it would be to have such a welcome, when our time comes!
If anyone has the link to it’s creator, please email me with the artist’s name and web site address, so I can give appropriate credit. Thank you.