Faith of the Centurion

Luke 7:9

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.”

The centurion understood who Jesus was better than others around him.  Not only did he have greater faith in Jesus than other people did, he sought to help Jesus in His ministry.  The centurion did not want Jesus to have to come to his house as he knew it was unnecessary to make the trip; all Jesus needed to do was say the word and it would be done.  Likewise, the centurion understood that Jesus was a Jew and to enter the house of a gentile meant that He would be considered ceremonially unclean.

The praise for the centurion is also a condemnation of the Israelites.  They were the people of God who had the prophets and all of the reasons to understand who Jesus was.  Yet they missed Him and rejected Him.  A centurion expressed more faith in Jesus than they did.

Christians get caught in the same trap as the Israelites did however.  We have seen God work time after time and yet when a crisis arises we quickly forget how God has been with us in the past.

We have modern day centurions in children.  Where we have all the evidence and reasons to have faith, children simply believe because they trust.  We need to have faith like a child, or a centurion, and trust that God will do exactly what He promised -because He will.

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