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…
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… But say the word, and my servant will be healed.”
“The basis of [the Jewish elders’] appeal is found in the idea that the centurion deserves it. That is where the vast difference between the soldier and the Jewish men lies. The centurion… sends a message to Jesus. He acknowledges that he is not worthy.
Behind the miracle of the silent, long-distance healing, there lies another miracle, miraculous enough to amaze even Jesus himself. Hidden within the story is the miracle of the faith of the centurion.
So what is it that amazes Jesus in this passage? [The centurion] asks for what he knows he doesn’t deserve and faithfully expects to get it anyway! He asks for hesed. He seems to understand that although he has a right to expect nothing from Jesus, still Jesus is willing to give him everything.”
(Card, Michael. Luke: The Gospel of Amazement. Kindle Location 1075)
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the gift of faith. And thank you for your heart toward us, that is moved and amazed by our faith response to you. Help me to walk and live in the faith that you give today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.