Matthew – the Gospel of Fulfillment – Chapter 8 An Unlikely Follower
If we were to ask a Jew during the time of Jesus who the most unlikely follower and believer in Jesus would be, an officer of the Roman army would probably be near the top of the list. And yet, here at Capernaum, a Roman Centurion is concerned about a paralyzed servant of his and asks Jesus, as one demonstrating authority like him, to merely say the word to heal the servant. The Centurion knew it wasn’t permitted for a Jew to go to the home of a Gentile, let alone a Roman. He was satisfied to have Jesus merely choose to heal his servant from a distance with the faith trusting that Jesus could do just that.
Jesus marveled at the faith of this one, saying, “I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel.” If you feel you’re at the top of Jesus’ least likely to believe in Him list, you would be wrong, In fact, the most unlikely are generally the ones who respond. Because they find in Him what they have not been able to find anywhere else.