Faith of the Centurion
Daphne Grant Urban
The centurion was a heathen, a Roman (non-Jewish) soldier, but he was a godly man! The centurion was reluctant to be visited by Jesus but his faith was stronger than his concern for not being Jewish. As the master of his servant, he proves to Jesus that he has great faith. The centurion is just a human vessel, like the rest of us. He embraced his own humanity and reflection. Believe and you shall receive. See the power of Christ, the power of faith. The centurion shows Jesus that he believes in him, believes that this Son of Man has divine power. He believed that Jesus could, and would help his servant. Humble souls are made more humble by Christ’s gracious dealings with them. The centurion compares the Lord’s position with his own. Christ has authority over disease similar to how the centurion has authority over soldiers. He believed in the miracles that only Jesus can provide. He believed that Jesus would save his servant, by healing him from his sickness.
God of Hope, the healing is yours to give and ours to receive. Open our minds and our hearts to find and accept the belief in faith that we need during this time of lent. Amen.
Daphne Urban is a Luther Seminary Student and ELCA Supply Pastor from Bemidji, Minnesota
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