“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.”
In Luke 7:1-10 we see a huge contrast displayed. We see the centurion, who was a high-positioned officer in the Roman army. We can pretty much assume by his position that he was very intelligent, he had the right connections, and that he was probably a cold-hearted professional soldier.
In contrast, Luke tells us that the centurion loved Israel and her God, and he also believed in the healing power of Jesus. Capernaum was a tough city of unbelief according to Jesus, and yet, He chose this city as the hub of His preaching ministry. Luke goes on in these verses to show the differences of the characters. We see the elders, the crowds of people, the disciples, the centurion and his staff, and Jesus.
The centurion undoubtedly loved Israel’s God, and had great reverence for Him because he built a synagogue that he knew he would never enter. The Jews told Jesus that he was “worthy” because he had built them a synagogue; but he was “unworthy” because he was a Gentile, and a Roman soldier. The centurion knew that a Jew couldn’t even enter into his home, nor could he go into a Jewish home.
Now, can you imagine him going through all that was necessary in the building of the synagogue knowing he would never be able to enter into it. To me his love is an example of God’s love. God sent His Son, Who received absolutely nothing but gave us everything. We receive everything and it costs us absolutely nothing. We need to all PRAY to have the faith like that of the centurion.
Something to be thankful for, and PRAY about on this beautiful Friday.
Shalom until tomorrow, Lord willing.