Luke 7:1–10 (ESV)
Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant
7 After he had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. 2 Now a centurion had a servant who was sick and at the point of death, who was highly valued by him. 3 When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him
elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him, 5 for he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us our synagogue.”
6 And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. 7 Therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word,
and let my servant be healed. 8 For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
9 When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” 10 And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the servant well.
This is an interesting healing that happens in today’s reading. The healing takes place at a distance. Jesus is not laying hands on the ill servant or praying over him, but does it from a distant location.
This story is about “faith” and “authority”. The Centurion has heard of Jesus and truly believes that Jesus can heal his servant. The Centurion is a gentile and feels that he is unworthy for Christ to come into his home.
He knows that Jesus can heal even a gentile which is not part of God’s chosen people. He still believes and sends elders of the Jews. The Centurion also believes that Jesus has the authority to heal his servant even though the servant is
a gentile. Authority is one thing the Centurion understood and didn’t doubt Jesus authority. Jesus marvels at the faith of the Centurion and heals the servant. When the elders returned to the house, they found the servant well.
I pray: O Lord, help me to have the faith and to never doubt the authority of Jesus Christ. He is the creator of all things, you and me included. Help me to seek you in times of need and to trust your
grace and mercy. In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen.