After Jesus finished the Sermon on the Mount, he went to the town of Capernaum. Here’s what happened next, according to eyewitnesses:
A centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” So Jesus went with them.
He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 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.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel. 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. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.”
Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.
(Luke 7:1-10, Matthew 8:11-13)
The Bible reports that Jesus was “amazed” twice. He was amazed at the lack of faith shown by his own people (Mark 6:6). And, here, he was amazed at the faith shown by this outsider.
Unlike God’s own people, the centurion recognized who Jesus really was: the Supreme Absolute Ultimate Commander-in-Chief. This man of earthly power recognized that he needed a higher heavenly power and put his trust 100% in Jesus.
Do you have that kind of faith? If not, pray for it right now.
There’s no other way to live.