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Friday, March 11, 2011

Healing Of he Centurions Servant

One of the greatest faith based stories in the bible has to be the healing of the Centurion's Servant. Even Jesus admitted that he had NOT seen such great faith in all of Israel. First a little history on exactly what was a Roman Centurion.

Roman Centurion

"History, Facts and Information about Roman Centurion
The content of this article provides interesting history, facts and information about Roman Centurion. Read about the role and position of this officer in the Roman Army and the clothing he wore and the weapons he bore.
The Role of the Roman Centurion
The Roman centurion was equivalent to a Captain in the Roman Army. The Roman Centurion was often of the humblest origin; he had been promoted from the ranks simply on account of bravery and military efficiency. At the drill, on the march, and in battle, they were at the same time the role models and the leaders of the soldiers. The Roman centurion was a skilled professional who could be relied on to run a legion on campaign and in battle. Each centuria (century) had a centurion and eventually, following the army restructure by the Roman general Gaius Marius (157 BC–January 13, 86 BC) there were 60 centurions in a legion.
Roman Centurion commanded a centuria (100 soldiers)A centuria was commanded by a centurion and consisted of 100 Roman soldiers. Centuriae were grouped by pairs forming maniples, which were then grouped in cohorts.
  • 1 Legion = 10 Cohorts
  • 1 Cohort = 6 centuriae
  • 1 Manipulus = 2 Centuria
  • 1 Centuria = 10 Contubernia
  • 1 Contubernia = 10 Soldiers
Each Roman centurion had the option to appoint a second-in-command known as 'optios' - Optio literally means 'chosen one'. Other junior officers reporting directly to the centurion was standard bearer and signifier for each century'."

(My Input)
The centurion as mentioned in Matthew 8:5-13 was accustomed to speaking things into being as far as his authority in the Roman Army was concerned. His recognized  Jesus authority in healing and simply accepted his position and ability to speak healing to his servant.


Matthew 8:5-13 (New International Version, ©2011)

The Faith of the Centurion
" 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. 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
 13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment."

This same healing is available today as God is the same yesterday, today and forever.


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