And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came to him a centurion, beseeching him,…
I. THAT HE ATTAINED IT UNDER UNFAVOURABLE CIRCUMSTANCES.
II. THAT HIS APPLICATION WAS MADE, NOT FOR HIMSELF, BUT FOR HIS SERVANT. His faith was thus adorned by fervent charity. We should intercede for others.
III. THAT HE DOES NOT IN WORDS ASK ANYTHING. He merely stated to Jesus the fact that his servant was ill. His faith deemed this enough to ensure relief from Christ. Jesus says, "I will come and heal him." In these words He expresses His own gracious method in dealing with mankind.
IV. THAT IT WAS TEMPERED WITH HUMILITY. A false faith known by its pride.
V. How HE USES HIS OWN REASON FOR HELP IN ESTABLISHING THIS EXCELLENT FAITH. "For I am a man under authority," etc. To us the word only is spoken. We must be healed through the influence of the written Word, if healed at all. This is the condition of our trial. Some want sensible proof of the truths of religion.
(C. Girdlestone, M. A.)
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