- Matthew 8:6-10
- Mat 8:6 (KJB)
- And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously
- This centurion must have a heart of compassion for the servant. The word
here for “servant” in the Greek also speaks of a child or one who is young.
Maybe the centurion had a servant who had a child that was sick but
nevertheless, he had pleaded with Jesus the situation at his home. The word
“palsy” is speaking about one who is paralyzed and probably could not walk
and was suffering much pain owing to his physical infirmity. The centurion
probably saw the healing of the leper and was encouraged to know that maybe
his servant could be healed. In the life of an unbeliever, sin can cause
much emotional and physical pain especially if the sin ends up with a
debilitating disease or anything which attacks the body.
- Mat 8:7 (KJB)
- And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
- Jesus responds to the centurion in like manner, He offered to come to
his home and heal the servant. He saw that the centurion knew that He could
heal his servant, so Jesus responds in a quick manner to the faith this man
shows. It is a lesson for all of us that when we come to the Lord with a
request, showing no faith will result in no result. If we come to the Lord
in faith knowing He is more than capable of responding positively to our
request and if it is His will, then we will receive what we request.
- Mat 8:8 (KJB)
- The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou
shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall
- There are two situations present. The first one is that if Jesus would
have gone into the centurions home, He would have become defiled because the
centurion was a Gentile. The second one is the centurion who probably knew
Jewish custom and the law and did not want that to happen so he showed
enough faith in Jesus that all He had to do was say the word and the servant
would become well again. This centurion was truly humble because even though
the Romans thought that they were the superior race, this man did not sport
that attitude. This also teaches us that no matter where any of God’s Elect
are on this earth, when it is their appointed time to be saved, then God
will save them.
- Mat 8:9 (KJB)
- For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to
this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and
to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
- The centurion understood the concept of authority and then goes on to
explain to Jesus that he has charge of 100 soldiers and when he commands one
to be dispatched somewhere or one to come to him for some reason, they obey.
He understood the reality that Jesus had enough power that He did not have
to come to the centurion’s home but His authority and power were absolute
and all He had to do was to say the word and what He spoke would come to
- Mat 8:10 (KJB)
- 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
- The centurion had borne witness to the power of the Lord knowing that
distance is not a hindrance for the Lord. By realizing this fact, he was
showing tremendous faith in the Lord and so far Jesus had met some with
faith but the majority did not have faith, but not one held the faith level
of this centurion. Jesus then states that even in Israel, no one was found
who had the great faith of this Gentile centurion. Even with all the
learning the Jews had coupled with their history could not even yield one
person thus far who could match the faith level of the centurion. This is
one of the two places in Scripture where Jesus marvelled. The other which
caused Him to marvel is found in Mark 6:6. (Mark 6:6 KJV) And he
marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages,
teaching. Jesus marvelled because of the unbelief of
the Jews. This is why the true Gospel was given to the Gentiles for the
purpose of taking it worldwide. (Acts 13:48 KJV) And when the
Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and
as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.