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Seeing JESUS:part 6

Posted: February 14, 2019 in Seeing JESUS: part 6

The faith of the Centurion




When he came into Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking him, and saying, “Lord, my servant lies in the house paralyzed, grievously tormented.”

 Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered, “Lord, I’m not worthy for you to come under my roof. Just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I am also a man under authority, having under myself soldiers. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and tell another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and tell my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

 When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to those who followed, “Most certainly I tell you, I haven’t found so great a faith, not even in Israel.

 I tell you that many will come from the east and the west, and will sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven,but the children of the Kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

 Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way. Let it be done for you as you have believed.” His servant was healed in that hour.   Matthew 8:5-13



A Centurion was a leader in the Roman army. He had to fight well and be prepared to die for his country. But he also had to look after his 100 men under his command. He had to be organized and able to take orders and obey them. If he didn’t obey, he would loose his job and maybe also his life. He was dedicated to the army and was prepared to die for any of his men, and he taught them to be prepared to die in wars and battles as well.


This man was also a good man, who cared for his men and his household. The Centurion came to Jesus to seek for healing. A member of his household, a servant was very ill and had been paralysed so that he could not move. The servant was in a lot of pain.


This very successful commander in the Roman army was concerned about his servant. That tells us something about him. He was a soldier and led the troops into battle, but he had a soft heart and was very worried about this servant who was part of his household.

The Centurion finds Jesus and asks him to heal the servant. Jesus replied that He would come and heal the servant. It is not clear if the servant is male or female. It doesn’t really change the story.


When Jesus said He would come with the Centurion, the centurion gave a reply to Jesus.

He said to Jesus, “Lord I am not worthy for you to come under my roof.” Why does the centurion say this?

The Centurion recognizes that he is a sinful man, and he also recognizes who Jesus is. He totally believes that Jesus can do this miracle, and he knows he does not deserve to ask for it. He knows who Jesus is, and has heard of His power to heal and forgive. The Centurion has true faith and puts his trust fully in Jesus.

He says to Jesus, “Just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I am also a man under authority, having under myself soldiers. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and tell another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and tell my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

We can see how much the Centurion believed and how he understood the power of God. Remember this man had never been in the synagogue or been taught from the law of God. He saw Jesus and he believed. His faith was real because of how he reacted to what he saw and heard. It was very straightforward to him.

The Centurion believed in the Word of God even thought he had not been formally taught it. He knew that if Jesus just spoke the word, the miracle would happen.

Jesus was amazed at this man’s faith. Jesus said He had never seen such faith, not even in His own people the Israelites. This shown us clearly what Jesus is looking for in us. He is looking for straight-forward faith and obedience. Its not complicated.

This faith is not worked up in us, but is the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. This faith did not come from the Centurion. Faith does not come from us, but from God. God opened the eyes of the Centurion so that he could see Jesus. When he saw Jesus, he then believed.

We need to believe….

Jesus said that there would be many worthy people from the Jewish people who would loose their opportunity to be in the kingdom of God, because they wouldn’t believe. These are people who have heard the gospel time and time again, but will not come to God and seek forgiveness through what Jesus did for them.

Jesus said they would be cast into outer darkness. They saw much light, but it never entered their souls.

On the other hand, Jesus talked about a huge company of people who would come from every place on the earth, and would sit down with Him and all God’s people.  These are the people like the Centurion. They have seen and heard and believed. They would not necessarily be the Jewish people. Just because you are born into “good” or “christain” family, does not mean you will be in the kingdom.

The Jews believed that they were the chosen ones and they believed that their good works and their following the law of God would save them. The leaders actually persecuted Jesus and ended up having Him killed. They had no faith….

This Gentile soldier has the greatest faith. Jesus commends him for it and answers his prayers. This is the worldly view turned upside down.


God is looking for faith. Without faith it is impossible to see God. Without faith we are no where.

We can read the Bible every day and pray and try to be good, but its no good.!!

Without faith, there is no forgiveness or new life.

This Centurion has no name in the Bible, but he has the greatest commendation of all.