Matthew 8:10 (KJV) 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.
Talk about faith. Can you imagine? Being someone that causes Jesus to marvel? In so many different places we see the disciples marvel at the words and miracles of Jesus. But here the tables have turned. Now Jesus is the one in awe- He marvelled! I LOVE it!
I LOVE that Jesus marveled at the faith of the centurion. A Roman soldier; a heathen. Certainly he was not one of those folks who was following Jesus about, and yet…He was not even there for himself. But he came for his servant. Makes me wonder if I were him (today) would I travel the distance for another? Would you? How concerned are we with the welfare of others. We are to be vigilant, we are to care for the orphans and the widows – We should bring these people and their needs to Him. But how often do we? Really?
He had power and position, this Centurion, we read about. He had authority. And yet he humbled himself before Christ; seeking a healing for his servant in need. He did not just come in faith but he came in confidence; sure that this man was the one who could provide what his servant needed. Confidence and humility. A humble spirit. This Centurion did not demand anything of Christ, nor did he quake in his shoes unsure of what he was about to ask. He came and he sought this healing. Standing in the gap for someone in need. He came with boldness and with a surety that we too should have when we go before Him.
How much we can learn from this Centurion. This Roman soldier. If he had such faith and such confidence why don’t we? He came with boldness and with a surety that we too need have when we go before Him.
I want to go to Him with those needs, every time, knowing that by faith, they will be answered.