by Robert Dawson

A Surprising Model of Faith
Robert Dawson
Matthew 8:5-13

I was not a bad student but I was not a great student either. My grades were not horrible nor were they stellar. There were a lot of students at LHS in worse shape than I was and there were a lot of students much better off than I was. Occasionally a teacher, in order to inspire or shame us lesser students, would highlight the excellent work or grades of one of her star students as a paragon of academic excellence and effort in an attempt to encourage the rest of her more challenged minions to follow suit.

In our passage today Jesus, the Master Teacher, is going to direct everyone's attention to a surprising example of compassion, humility and faith. He is points us to the life of Roman Centurion. In reading this story we realize that Jesus highlights this man's faith, and Scripture records it, to teach us a lesson and encourage us to follow his example.

Matthew 8.5-13 - And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, 6 and saying, ''Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.'' 7 Jesus *said to him, ''I will come and heal him.'' 8 But the centurion said, ''Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, 'Go!' and he goes, and to another, 'Come!' and he comes, and to my slave, 'Do this!' and he does it.'' 10 Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, ''Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel. 11 I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; 12 but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'' 13 And Jesus said to the centurion, ''Go; it shall be done for you as you have be ...

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