The Roman Soldiers faith

June 10th, 2010

In Matthew 8:5-13 there is an interesting passage that looks at the faith displayed by a Roman soldier or the centurion as he is sometimes known.

I find there are two things really interesting in this passage.

1. The Centurion understands the authority of Jesus – as a soldier under command we see that he knew and understood authority and the power of the order. He knew that just as a General doesn’t have to be present for the order to be accepted, Jesus didn’t have to be present for his servant to be healed. He knew Jesus had the power to heal his servant and that he would be made well by Jesus’ command from a distance.

2. Jesus included him in the Kingdom because of his faith – up until this point in time the Jewish nation of people (or Israelites) thought they were the only ones who would eat at the great feast in heaven. However Jesus says that many will come from all ends of the earth who are Gentiles (non Jews) and eat. He goes on to say that some in the House of Israel will miss out. No longer is the issue about birth or race, it becomes about faith in Christ and believing in who He is.

In this passage Jesus opens it up for all to come in to Him in faith. It doesn’t matter where you were born, it doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter if your family is a family of faith. You can come to Him, find salvation and eat at the great feast in heaven that is promised to all those who believe.

God Bless,
Dave