Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He entered Capernaum. And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die. So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving, “for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.” Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well who had been sick. (Luke 7:1-10)
Making Jesus Marvel
Standing on the sea shore in the early morning hours watching the sun peek over the horizon and burst into brilliant colors of indescribable brilliance is something that can take the breath away. Gazing over the mountain tops billowed by the morning mist is an awe inspiring scene of pastel beauty that is almost more than the eyes can take in. Looking into the face of a newborn baby in the wonderment of birth causes the heart to burst with emotions never known until a man becomes a father or a mother caresses for the first time her little child. There are many things that bring awe and surprise to the mind of men as they fathom the incredible world created by God. As incredible as the wonders of life can be there is nothing more incredible than to consider that the Son of God marveled at the faith of a man who was not a part of the nation of the Lord. A centurion was a commander of about one hundred men in the powerful Roman Legions that had established the Empire for Rome.
On a day when Jesus entered Capernaum a certain centurion sent elders of the Jews to beg of Him to heal a servant that was very dear to him. The Lord agreed to go to the centurion’s home to heal the servant but before He arrived friends of the centurion came to Jesus with a message. There was no need for the Lord to come to the house as the centurion did not feel worthy for such a man to come into his home. As a centurion, he was familiar with authority and when he spoke men obeyed. He commanded men by issuing commands and as a centurion had great power to change the lives of many men. His message to Jesus was that as powerful as he was in the Roman Legions as a man of war he knew the power of Jesus was so much greater to do an impossible task to heal his servant. The centurion had such great faith he told Jesus but speak the word and the servant would be healed. It would be one thing to have Jesus touch the servant or do something special when he came into the house but the centurion believed that Jesus only had to say the word and his servant would be healed.
It is a wonder to cause the Son of God to marvel but the centurion did exactly that. The word marvel is defined as something that inspires, causes awe or amazement. It can be admiration for someone who does a wonderful or astonishing thing. The commander of a Roman Legion caused Jesus Christ the Son of God to marvel. There were many examples of faith as Jesus healed the blind and raised the dead but the faith of the centurion struck the Son of God especially in a marvelous way. He was amazed that a man showed such faith that he begged Jesus just say the word and a miracle would take place. Turning to the crowd that followed Him, Jesus told them He had not seen that kind of faith among His own people. The servant was healed from his sickness and the people of Israel would kill the Son of God because of their lack of faith.
Jesus marveled because He had not seen such faith in Israel. Is it possible to cause the Son of God to marvel at our faith? What does He see in our lives that would cause him to be in awe or amazement? There is need among the people of God to show their faith by extraordinary means of trusting in the power of God to do the impossible. The centurion’s faith was not a mythical Bible story to inspire but a real faith in a real man who trusted so completely in the power of God that he asked Jesus to speak the word and his servant would be healed. Faith that is full is faith fully trusting God to work in our lives and do what may seem impossible. Like Israel of old it is easy for the church to have a weak faith in the power of God. Evangelism suffers, hearts are downtrodden and lives filled with the world resulting in stunted growth, weak spirits and souls lost. The church needs to bring amazement to the eyes of God. Christians need to start living in such a manner that Jesus will marvel at their faith. The Godhead is looking for marvelous things to happen. What does He see in your life? Make Jesus marvel today.