When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. There 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.” Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.
There is someone in this passage that touches me deeply...and it isn't Jesus. The Centurion knows the importance of faith to others. The Centurion knows that Jesus has the power to heal with just a word. The Centurion knows what it means to have power and authority. The Centurion knows what it means for others to be busy. The Centurion knows that he has faith. And Jesus responses to the faith and grace shown by the Centurion. Jesus describes the faith as great. The slave is healed!
Lord Jesus may I have the great faith of the centurion. May I have that faith without having to face the crisis of having one close to me facing death. Amen.