- Luke 7:1-10
Key facts about this certain centurion:
A. He understood compassion (vv.2-3) (Centurions not known for compassion, love for Jews or benevolence)
His servant is “valued highly.” In several other passages this refers to positions of highest honor. In both Luke 7:7 and Matthew 8:6 he will be referred to, not as a servant, but as a child. In other words, he is more than just a servant. He had become like a son to the centurion.
B. He understood being a believer (7:6) “Lord, trouble not thyself:”
1 Corinthians 12:3 (NLT)3 So I want you to know that no one speaking by the Spirit of God will curse Jesus, and no one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.
3 When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant. (faith = hearing)
Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
C. He understood his unworthiness (v.4 & v.6)
JEWISH ELDERS: ----4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: 5 For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.
CENTURION: ----6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:
Romans 3:10 - As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Ephesians 2:8 - 9 (KJV) 8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Centurion vs. Namaan-----2 Kings 5:8 - 14 (ESV)
MMM: “Great faith does NOT change God’s will; it empowers us to AGREE with God’s will.” (1 John 5:14-15)