In these verses we see Jesus healing many different people. Within 17 verses we read about Jesus healing a leper, Peter’s mother in law and then others who were brought to him who were demon possessed or sick. As verse 17 says, He was obviously the Savior Messiah that God’s people were anticipating as he fulfilled the prophecy in Isaiah:
“He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.”
However there was more person that he healed in this passage that was a bit different then the other miracles. In verses 5-13 we see Jesus healing the servant of a centurion. This centurion (a roman guard was supposed to only worship the roman empire) must’ve heard about Jesus and his supernatural powers to heal and approached him with an agenda. The centurion had a servant who was suffering and he wanted to ask Jesus to heal him like many before him had been asking Jesus to do for them.
However this story is a bit different. The centurion recognizes Jesus as LORD, something many of those who were following Jesus for what they could gain in his miracles couldn’t even believe yet. The centurion knows that Jesus could just say the words as LORD and GOD and his servant would be healed. He didn’t need to touch him or even be there. Jesus says that this faith was different then most others that he interacted with early on in his ministry. Someone finally got it. They saw that this wasn’t just some flash in the pan but God entering earth fulfilling the prophecies made about the messiah the roman guard was even allowed to worship. But he didn’t care. His compassion and care for his servant compelled him to cry out to the one and only true God who can heal him. He knew that the false idolatry of the emperor and their fake gods couldn’t save him. Only Jesus could.
Let this be a lesson for us today. Many people follow Jesus for what they could gain out of him. Many will call him good and appreciate what he could do. But there’s not a lot of people who will take the risks and make the sacrifices that the centurion did because they truly BELIEVE that He is LORD. Would Jesus say the same about your faith that He did with the centurion? If so, live like it and share Him with others because like the centurion’s servant, Jesus is the only one who can heal the people in our lives.
By: Erik Koliser