This Sunday we will be looking at the interaction between Jesus and the Centurion.
7 After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. 2 A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. 3 When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave. 4 When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy of having you do this for him, 5 for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.” 6 And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; 7 therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed. 8 For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.” 9 When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” 10 When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.
After careful reading, you might argue that there was no interaction between Jesus and the Centurion. The interacting going on here is between Jesus, the Jewish elders and then Jesus and the Centurion’s friends.
What stands out to you as you read this scripture?
Do you notice the different language used by the Jewish elders to convince Jesus to heal the Centurion’s servant and the language used by the Centurion’s friends?
Remember when we started the summer series, I mentioned that when people interact with Jesus, they often get more than they asked for but are left wanting more.
We see that again in our story this week.
Let’s talk about it on Sunday.