The reading notes this week are by Bill Capper. Please feel free to use the comments option for any questions or comments. The passage can be read here.
One of the things to do when we read the Bible is to look out for an example to follow. The Roman Centurion is someone to follow.
He was a kind man. He cared for his sick servant and looked for a way for him to be healed. The elders of the Jews said that he loved their nation and had built the local synagogue. He had a generous spirit.
He was a humble man. He sent a message that he didn’t deserve for Jesus to come to his house and that he was not worthy to go to Jesus. He thought of himself as “under authority” before he spoke of the authority he had himself, with men under him. The Bible says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4.6).
He had great faith. He would have heard of the previous miracles Jesus did in Capernaum (Luke 4.23, 31-37), and he believed Jesus could heal his servant. He showed his faith by his actions. He sent elders to Jesus to ask him to heal his servant, and then later said that a just word from Jesus from a distance was all that would be necessary. Jesus was amazed at his faith, he had not come across such faith anywhere else.
The Bible tells us to think about whatever is admirable (Philippians 4.8). Let’s think about this admirable Centurion and follow his example. Is there one thing in his character which we could copy today?