Our experiences frequently inform our faith, and such was the case around 2000 years ago when a Roman Centurion came to Jesus with a problem. His servant was suffering with a terrible paralytic illness. Centurions were high ranking officials in the Roman military. They were assigned to rule over 100 troops. They had a lot of authority. They told their men what to do and they did it. Even over long distances when a command was made by a Roman Centurion, it was to be followed.
This is why the Centurion told Jesus that he did not have to “come” and heal his servant. Just a word from Jesus, and the servant would be healed. When Jesus saw such faith, He marveled at the pagan Roman who was expressing such trust…a trust Jesus had not found in all of Israel. Jesus has true authority over all, so trust in Him as you read the Bible verses below
(Matthew 8:5-10) 5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” 7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” 8 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.
9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 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.