The Faith of The Centurion



Today, my yearly Bible reading reached to the book of Matthew 8 and I am interested to share a bit what I have learned from the Centurion of Capernaum in verse 5 to 13. Even though this passage talks about faith of the centurion, I got another important lesson from this centurion.  There are three important things we could learn from this passage. Let’s have a look together.


When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, asking for help for his paralyzed servant at his home. (Matthew 8:6 NIV) The centurion came to Jesus not because he is sick but he felt so sorry with his servant’s suffering. As a leader, would be so easy for him to cast away his servant and find a new one. But let’s see, he was willing to spent his time and try hard to meet Jesus. Here we could see that the centurion not just had a mercy but also accompanied with action by asking for help to Jesus. He did something concrete.

A question arises in my mind. In this very difficult live today, how big our mercy to our friends or relatives who are in difficult situation and need our hand? Whether our mercy has been accompanied with action? It is easy to have mercy but we may not easy to help them concretely. We may tend to have sympathy but difficult to have empathy. I often heard the old and classic reason: “How we could help others if ourselves in the difficult and shortcomings situation?” I remembered with the church in Macedonian. In the midst of very severe trial, they still have overflowing joy in giving and they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. (2 Corinthians 8:2-4 NIV) Maybe this time we do not like the church in Macedonia who is in poverty but are we already have generosity to give a little we have for those who are in need? Are we already have mercy that accompanied by action? It is very good to show a mercy and sympathy, but in reality oftentimes it is not enough to lighten those who have burden concretely.

Actually, God takes into account all mercy that we show to our neighbor no matter how small it is. Jesus said: “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40 NIV) In our daily lives I often see the contrary situation to what was done by this centurion. The higher one’s position they lose their sense of mercy for others. This centurion has great mercy regardless of his position or status. And did not merely have sense of mercy but he revealed with the real action. This centurion of Capernaum can be a role model to us to always remember to have sense of mercy to others no matter their position lower than us or not because God alone has a great mercy to us and He will forget our sins.

For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more. (Hebrews 8:12 NKJV)


Now let’s take a look at the second important thing from the centurion of Capernaum. Humility! Yes this centurion had humility. Let us examine together. After Jesus knew the centurion ask for help to heal his servant, Jesus said that He wanted to come to the centurion’s house and heal his servant.

Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.

(Matthew 8:7-8 NIV)

Let’s pay attention to the centurion reaction. He did not say: “Yes, that is I want from you. Please come to my house and heal my servant immediately” but let’s look at his answer on verse 8: “Lord I do not deserve to have you come under my roof…”  Here we can see the sense of humility of this centurion. There are two things that show the centurion’s humility. First, let us notice to his efforts to meet Jesus in order to his servant to be healed. I imagine one thing. As a centurion, I do believe he has a lot of soldiers. It will be easier he ordered one of his men to go to meet Jesus. But he did not do it. He did it himself. The second thing is he felt unworthy to have Jesus come to his house. This centurion really realized who he was and that was clearly reflected in the following verse:

“For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me…. “(Verse 9)

This humble centurion truly realized that he is not the highest person in the world. He still has a leader and above of all he really realized that he was dealing with the King of kings.

To be honest, this part immensely touched my heart, become a rebuke, and makes me asking to myself. As a person who has position in the company, whether I already have humility in the eyes of all who are under me? This centurion becomes a great reminder to me. Although I have high position and big authority but there is still my parents who in fact is the owner of the company. Every single policy and decision that I take still needs their approval. And more than it all, there is God who created and become the owner of all in this world. This time maybe God bless us with the very high position and have full authority in a company, an organization or wherever we are. Be grateful for that and be grateful God entrust us to sit on the high position. But we must always remember to keep being humble. Remember that all of it is blessing from God. If we are become arrogant, God will not be pleased and anytime He can take it all back from us. Let us learn from the centurion of Capernaum to always has humility as God commanded,

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. (Ephesians 4:2 NIV)

… All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble (1 Peter 5:5 NIV)

Great Faith

My beloved readers, now we come to the part that become a title of this passage. For me, this section is the most important thing that I got and learned from this centurion.  It is talk about something that becomes a foundation in the Christian living. Now we talk about faith. The centurion had something great and awesome. He had a great faith. Let’s take a look again to the verse 8.

For he was not worthy to have Jesus come in his house, then he said: “But just say the word, and my servant will be healed” I am so impressed with his word. This is amazing words that show such a great faith. His faith made him believe that God has a mighty power that is not limited by the dimensions of space and time. His faith also made him believe that through one word, Jesus has incredible power to do a healing miracle to his servant who far away in his house without Jesus’ touches hand directly. When Jesus heard this, He was amazed and said to those following Him:

“Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.” (Verse 10)

 I imagine what I will do if one day my baby boy is sick then I ask my pediatrician come to my house but unfortunately he could not come and just give me suggestions what I have to do. Perhaps I will remain force the pediatrician come to my house because I will not satisfied and believe if I not see my doctor directly cure my baby. Oh, how much I want to have great faith like this centurion. Without need to look directly Jesus heal his servant, his great faith makes him believe that his servant will definitely healed. And it is proven. Jesus said, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment. (Verse 13)

This time I will not deliver my thought about faith too much. I have written some posts which talk about faith and there are so many other excellent posts in the blog which talk about the same thing. Right now I just want to all of us to take a moment asking ourselves: How big our faith now? Whether we already have a great faith like this centurion? Are we having a great faith that makes us believe a miraculous thing will surely happen without we need to see it first? How deep these following verses embedded in our heart?

“…blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29b NIV)

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1 NIV)

Whether our faith can make us believe something invisible, believe something unbelievable and make us believe can receives something impossible [i] as we believe there is God even we cannot see His real figure? Let’s together examine ourselves again how the quality of our faith today.

My dear friends, at the end of this post I encourage all of us to learn from the centurion of Capernaum wholeheartedly. Let us unite in prayer, pray for one another so that in every step of our lives, we have great mercy and accompanied with real action for our neighbor regardless of whom they are and no matter whom we are. Let us also remain have the humility even though we have a high position and authority wherever we are. Although there is no one higher than us, still remember there is God who the highest of the high. And the most important thing let us always maintain our faith in God. Let us pray so our faith keep growing, getting stronger day by day, strengthen our faith with outpouring of God’s word every day and finally will enable us to believe in something without having to look at. Amen.

Karina – Living by faith

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[i] Quoted from Corrie Ten Boom’s quote

42 thoughts on “The Faith of The Centurion

  1. Dear Ma’am Karina,
    I am so blessed read your post this evening. I have learned so much from your thought about the Centurion. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post.

  2. I always enjoy reading about Jesus’ interaction with the centurion. This was a man who was not trained in the Law (at least not that we’re aware of) but still understood Jesus’ authority (something most of the Jews didn’t understand). Thank you for directing us to this testimony of faith, and sharing its application for our lives.

    Hope everything is well with you and your family 🙂 Have a blessed day!

    • Hello my friend, Lauren.
      You are welcome. I always enjoy too reading this passage and just realized that there are other things beside his great faith. I am grateful can learn important things from the centurion related with my personal life. Lauren, Thank you for reading. We here are doing well 🙂 I hope and pray will be same with you. Have a blessed weekend.

  3. Thanks Karina. Good study! Some Bible scholars see a connection with this centurion and the one at the foot of the cross, and even Cornelius in Acts 10. Be blessed.

    • Dear Rj,
      You are much welcome. Well, I want to let you know one thing, I just got a new thing from you about this centurion. I don’t even know that they see a connection with the one at foot of the cross and Cornelius. This is a new cognition for me. Thank you have mentioned this thing related with the centurion 🙂 Many blessings to you.

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  5. I love reading your posts, Karina. Mercy, Humility, and great faith, are wonderful lessons to learn from the centurian. Thank you for studying and sharing what you’ve learned from this story. I’m glad you pointed out those three things.

  6. Karina, hmm I had only read Matthew about three day ago and read the story of the Centurion. I was struck by his words as he told Jesus that he should only speak and his servant would be healed. His faith touched me but your brilliant exposition and analysis has struck me more. I’ve got a deeper understanding of the passages and the themes of humility, faith and mercy and the ;impact of these in our lives.

    Thank you dear Karina and may God bless you 🙂

  7. God’s word is amazing sister Karina! And I am thankful how you yield yourself to allow him to minister His word to others through you. Thanks for sharing….I always get in studying mode after reading one of your post ;=)

    Be A Blessing!


  8. God does forgive our past sins Karina (Romans 3:24-25) and if we sin before our carnal flesh is put to death and we are Born Again and perfected in Love, Jesus is our Advocate and will intercede for us, God knows those who are His and not one of us will be lost but if we continue to sin we are not Born Again.

    1 John 3:9 No one who is Born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been Born of God.

    1 John 5:18-20 We know that no one who is Born of God sins; but He who was Born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.

    Romans 8 :12-15 Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. or if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons/daughters of God.

    1 John 3: 1-11 ( 6-7 ) Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him. Little children, let no man/woman deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous.

    Romans 3:24-25 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;(KJV)

    1 John 2:28-29 And now, little children, abide in Him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. If ye know that He is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is Born of Him.

    Faith is something we ask for Karina, it comes from the empowering of the Holy Spirit and is shown in actions, Faith without works is dead James 2:26 ……………

    Luke 17:5 And the Apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. (KJV)

    Luke 11:13b… how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

    Christian Love in Christ Jesus – Anne

    • Dear sister Anne,
      Thank you very much for your important Bible verses. I love your statement : “Faith is something we ask for. It comes from the empowering of the Holy Spirit and is shown in actions.” Thank you for always gave me something to become my self reflection. Many love and blessings to you, sis. Have a great day 🙂

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  10. You touched on one of my favorite portions of the Word! Although I have read it, and heard it preached, you have such insight. Thank you for sharing what the Holy Spirit placed in your spirit 🙂

  11. I am so glad the Lord led me to your blog! Now I will have to go back and read every one of them.
    The Centurion had 1000 foot soldiers under him. The foot soldiers carried their own food. But If the Centurion had a full compliment, that included horse soldiers, he would have about 1200 men plus the cooks and suppliers to feed and attend them, including a doctor. So he WAS a man of authority!

    Our Lord is a man-God of GREAT authority and he gives us faith to keep on keeping on.
    He has given us the power to heal, but more importantly He has given us the power to bring men and women to repentance.

    I am starting a new project on the Sins of the Israelites and how their sins destroyed them. Pray that I can do this without appearing vulgar or pornographic.

    Blessing, Blessings, Blessings upon you! GREAT will be your award In Heaven.

    • Dear brother in Christ, Larry.
      Thank you very much for reading my post. What a great honor to me. Also thank you very much for further information about the Centurion. It mean so much for me. I definitely will pray for your project and May God amazingly use you through your work to declare God’s truth to others 🙂 Thank you very much and much blessings to you.

    • Dear sister Susan,
      How are you. Hope and pray everything is going well 🙂 Thank you so much for reading and for the uplifting comment. Much blessings to you and have blessed weekend. Happy independence day.

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