Contining the course, over the next couple weeks I’m sharing thoughts in connection with instances throughout the book of Matthew where faith is mentioned. In the 1st instance we see Jesus lead us to putting our faith in him during those times of concern and worry. The next mention of faith I found was within the story of the Centurion.
The Faith of the Centurion
5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6“Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”
7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”
8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.
As a follower of Jesus, I want to continue growing in my faith. I want to have faith that is considered amazing to Jesus. As I take a look at the Centurion I see how he understands that only through the power of Jesus can his servant be healed, and it can be healed in that very minute. The Centurion knows he personally doesn’t have to witness it in person for Jesus to answer his prayer. This is just a personal thought but I imagine that at the time Jesus takes notice of this great faith, he considers the faith of the the World. I’m sure he wants to see this amazing faith in more of us. After making that statement about this Centurion’s great faith he begins talking about heaven and those who will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And then he mentions the unsettling news, those who will be thrown outside – into the darkness.
May the Lord continue helping us grow in our faith.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God