While on His journey of earthly ministry, Jesus came across all sorts of people. From the poorest, to the sickest and the richest, to the righteous, He dealt with them all. A certain man once needed His help. You don’t want to miss how Jesus dealt with this man.
This man was a centurion, which meant he had a position of authority in the army. He wasn’t just your average Joe. His position made him a big player back then; he definitely was able to make things happen, but he needed help for his sick servant. He had heard about Jesus and knew that He would be the only one able to heal his servant. So, the Jewish elders talked to Jesus on the centurion’s behalf. They told Him about how worthy this man was of his request.
When they came to Jesus, they earnestly implored Him, saying, “He is worthy for You to grant this to him; for he loves our nation and it was he who built us our synagogue.” | Luke 7:4-5
Jesus listened to them and went with them, but before He reached the centurion’s house, the centurion sent his friends to tell Jesus this:
“Lord, do not trouble Yourself further, for I am not worthy for You to come under my roof; for this reason I did not even consider myself worthy to come to You, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man placed under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.” | Luke 7:6b-8
The centurion knew who Jesus was. He knew that Jesus could “just say the word” and his servant would be healed. He believed that He had the authority and the power. But wait, this isn’t the most exciting part of this encounter with Christ. Here’s how Jesus responded:
Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled at him, and turned and said to the crowd that was following Him, “I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith.” | Luke 7:9
Jesus marveled at him. He was astonished at the centurion. He looked on him with wonder. Jesus – Savior, Lord, Creator and King, marveled at this man…WHY?
Because of his faith.
Jesus didn’t marvel at what the Jewish elders said about him. He listened, but He didn’t marvel at what the centurion did. He built the synagogue and loved the nation. That’s not what made Jesus marvel.
Jesus marveled at his faith.
He even stopped to proclaim it to the crowd that was following Him. Crowds of people all around, but this one centurion made Jesus marvel by his faith. Wow. And not to mention the servant was healed.
This makes me stop to think. Even if I did nothing, my faith can be one that Jesus marvels at. I don’t have to be successful in the world’s, or even the church’s, eyes. I don’t have to achieve more than another. I just have to have faith, great faith. And because of my faith in Christ, healing happens.
I’m putting one thing on my list of resolutions for 2017: