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The healing of the Centurion servant is the next miracle in our series…This miracle is recorded for us in Matt 8:5-13, Luk 7:1-10 . 

The Lord, as He enters Capernaum. is met by a Centurion (Roman captain over a legion of soldiers – approximately 60-100 men).  This Centurion had a servant who was sick with palsy (a nervous disorder causing paralysis).  The Lord offers to come to this Gentile’s home to heal his beloved servant.  The Centurion answers, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” Based upon the Centurion’s position of authority, he understood that it only took a verbal command to be given for a command to be fulfilled.  He recognized Christ had authority over this sickness and, therefore could, simply, speak and the disease would be healed.

Jesus responded by saying, “When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.  But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee.”  This statement by Christ resulted in the servant being healed the same hour.

Based upon the response of Christ, we find that this Centurion’s faith was a forerunner showing us the faith that would be shared by other Gentiles as the gospel would be spread among the nations. (Keep in mind there were several Gentiles saved in the OT as well as during Christ’s ministry on earth… Ruth, Nebuchadnezzar, the inhabitants of Nineveh, etc.   All of these Gentiles were symbolic representatives of the Gentiles who would come to faith in Christ following Christ’s earthly ministry.)

Notice in Christ’s response that, following His rejection by the Jews, the gospel would now be distributed among the Gentile nations resulting in the salvation of many Gentiles (described as “many shall come from the east and west”).  Another result of the Jews rejection of Christ would be eternal punishment brought upon those Jews who continue to reject Him as their Messiah (described as “But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”)

Our Lord, the Divine Sovereign Healer of Mankind has chosen to allow His healing message of the gospel to reach out beyond the borders of the Jews into the Gentile world.  As Gentiles, we should be always thankful for this act of divine grace as the Lord allowed His message to reach out to us, touching our hearts and bringing us into a saving relationship with Him.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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8 Comments

  1. This post hit the most mysterious part of Jesus’ ministry for me. That he came for us all. It was planned from the beginning. The Chosen People rejected him in general as I guess he knew they would but it was still painful for him.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      I know these things can be hard to understand… I think one of the basic principles is that God decree everything that would take place before the world ever began. Just as you say it was actually planned form the beginning. Therefore, it is no big deal for Him to come for both Jew and Gentile. He not only knew that the Jews would reject Him, but He had actually allowed it to take place in His planning before th eworld began. I know all of this cannot be totally understood but we know these things are so based on the Scriptures clear teachings on these things. Lord bless.

  2. Naphtali says:

    very good here. I just used these same scriptures the other day. God is speaking?

  3. We know the Scripture says the natural (unsaved) person CANNOT understand the things of God. Even as a Christian, with spiritual understanding, our human minds find it “almost” beyond comprehension that even before He created the world, He knew me and planned to redeem me.

    “Almost” . . . but our great God continually proves to us that everything is factual. We cannot deny the REALITY of the change He wrought in our lives. We cannot deny the REALITY of our moment by moment experience with Him: the way He constantly guides us, teaches us, corrects us, empowers us etc.

    Praise God for so great a salvation!
    Praise God for so COMPLETE a salvation!
    What an amazing God!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Absolutely, I agree 100%. Our Lrod is so great He does prove beyond doubt those things that are so hard, or impossible, to fully understand. That’s where our faith kicks in. To believe what He shows us is true even when we cannot fully understand. Lord bless.

  4. Debbie says:

    That we would be grafted in, is so humbling. It is hard to think of anyone being cast out. This might not be good, but when I get too bothered by that . . .I just go back to trusting Him. I may not understand it all or grasp it all, but I trust Him and His plan for all of us. God bless you, Pastor Rob, for helping us to think on these things.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      AMEN that is the exact attitude we all must have…. we know what the Bible says is true, even when we cannot understand it all. Lord bless you!

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