When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man 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 servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.
I love this passage and the demeanor of these two men. First we see a centurion, most likely not a Jew, who comes to Jesus not for himself but for his servant who is suffering terribly.. compassion drips from this man's mouth.. I can feel him tearing up as he speaks to Jesus of his friend. When Jesus hears this compassion he immediately responds with compassion saying that he will come and heal. Compassion is at the heart of what is happening.
The next statement the centurion makes floors me. Instead of agreeing with Jesus he tells him that he is unworthy of a visit. Do you sense the humility in this man? In humility he acknowledges Jesus authority over sickness and invites Jesus to simply speak a word of healing. Jesus then gives us a peek into the source of this man's compassion and humility when he regales the centurion's faith. A great example of what it means to be an intercessor.. allowing faith, humility and compassion to arise in us as we pray.
I need humility and compassion Lord. Author faith in me. Help me to be an intercessor.