I’m with Mike Riley on this one, because I really love the Centurion’s example of faith and because I love Jesus’ response to this powerful man.
The centurion asked the Jews to go to Jesus because he didn’t think he was worthy himself to go. The Jews told Jesus, “He is worthy to have you do this for him, because he loves our nation, and even built our synagogue,” (NET). Yet, before Jesus even gets to the house, the Centurion sends people to tell the Lord he is unworthy to have him enter. Instead, he asks Jesus to “say the word” and his servant would be healed.
For faith to exist, there must first be hearing of God’s word (Romans 10:17). The centurion must have heard the word, otherwise faith would not be present. His faith is also developed to the point that he understands Jesus has to only speak, and the task of healing will be accomplished.
In the presence of Jesus’ own disciples, whose faith was small (Matthew 6:20; 8:26), and in the presence of the unbelieving Jews, this Roman’s faith had to be striking. Oh, that we had faith like this Centurion’s! If we did, we could accomplish so many things that are in accordance with the will of God. We could fully fund all of the church’s missionaries! We could preach the gospel around the world to every creature. We could help millions of needy people.
Indeed, may the Centurion’s tribe increase upon the earth!