7 After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. 2 A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. 3 When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave. 4 When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy of having you do this for him, 5 for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.” 6 And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; 7 therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed. 8 For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.” 9 When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” 10 When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.
A Roman soldier, a centurion, surprises Jesus. The Message version says Jesus was “taken aback”, saying to the crowd, “I’ve yet to come across this kind of simple trust anywhere in Israel, the very people who are supposed to know about God and how he works.” Jesus is surrounded by Jews, people of “faith” – and yet it is an “outsider” who has perceived who Jesus is and the power that He has. The unnamed Roman soldier – demonstrates the simple faith that Jesus is looking for.
Do I understand the authority that is given to Jesus to “speak” to situations and bring life? Do I grasp the concept that simple faith is understanding who I am placing my faith in and confidently trusting Him to be all that He is?
Written by Ps. Linda Quinn