Matthew 8:7-8. “AndJesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.”
This Gentile centurion stepped up to Jesus and showed complete, unquestioning faith in Him. Wouldn’t you love to have been there? To have seen the faces of the Jews who surrounded Jesus, walked with Him, and had nothing but revulsion for this arrogant Roman?
Maybe he wasn’t so arrogant. When Jesus offered to go and heal the servant, the centurion immediately said, “You don’t have to enter my home to do this. I am not worthy that You should do so. Only speak, and my servant will be healed.”
I’ve been thinking about this all week. It’s simply amazing. I wonder if this centurion had been studying the Hebrew scriptures, or talking with people who had seen and heard Jesus. How did he have such unquestioning faith in Him? How did he understand, from his position of authority, that he was face to face with One Who was far above him?
What a great foreshadowing of this Church Age in which we are privileged to live. This dispensation is characterized by the mercy God has shown to the gentile nations. Jesus is not physically with us, and yet it is by His Word that we are healed. We need to do nothing; only believe, as the centurion believed.