Roman Centurion


On one occasion, a Roman centurion, a Gentile, approached Jesus with a request for his paralyzed servant.  Jews, on this occasion, urged Jesus to comply —

“So they earnestly begged Jesus to help the man. “If anyone deserves your help, he does,” they said, “for he loves the Jewish people and even built a synagogue for us.”           Luke 7:4 – 5

They were saying in effect that if the centurion had not thus helped them, neither should Jesus help the centurion or his pitifully paralyzed servant?  How clannish of them!  Little wonder Jesus could not help sighing occasionally —

“Jesus said, “You faithless and corrupt people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” – Matthew 17:17

Determined to maximize the point, Jesus went on to say —

“And I tell you this, that many Gentiles will come from all over the world—from east and west (Luke adds north and south)—and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven. But many Israelites—those for whom the Kingdom was prepared—will be thrown into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” – Matthew 8:11-12; Luke 13:29


The Roman Centurion


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