Jesus healed a leper and the son of a centurion. Both exhibited faith in the power of Jesus.
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1. “Notice that ‘great multitudes followed him. There were not just a few folk.” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 47)
2. “Leprosy, symbolic of sin in the Bible, was considered incurable; leprosy was the most loathsome disease.” (McGee, 47)
“Leprosy is an illustration of sin (Isaiah 1:5-6). The instructions given to the priests in Leviticus 13 help us understand the nature of sin: Sin is deeper than the skin (Lev 13:3); it spreads (Lev 13:8); it defiles and isolates (Lev 13:45-46); and it is fit only for the fire (Lev 13:42-57) .” (Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. [Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004], 33)
“This leper had faith. He recognized the lordship of Christ, and on that basis said, ‘If You will, You can make me clean.’ What we ask is not always the Lord’s will, friend. It is most important that the will of God comes first.” (McGee, 47)
3. “When Jesus touched the leper, He contracted the leper’s defilement, but He also conveyed His health!” (Wiersbe, 33)
4. “Jesus commanded the man not to tell others but to go to the priests and have them declare him restored and fit for society.” (Wiersbe, 33)
“Jesus’ healings will disclose his unparalleled authority over sickness, matching the unique authority his preaching and teaching as already illustrated (7:28-29).” (Blomberg, Craig L., The New American Commentary, Volume 22, Matthew. [Nashville: Broadman Press], 140)
5-6. “The centurion would have been a Gentile, the commander of a division of the occupying imperial troops, theoretically one hundred in number.” (Blomberg, 140)
“The Lukan parallel describes two other groups of individuals who speak with Jesus on behalf of the centurion (Luke 7:1-10). Luke is probably more literal at this point and Matthew more dramatic.” (Blomberg, 140)
“Both renderings are legitimate and draw attention to the centurion’s faith rather that his personal presence.” (Blomberg, 140)
7. “Jesus again affirms his willingness to help.” (Blomberg, 141)
8-9. “This soldier had one thing working for him; he was a man of great faith. This centurion understood that Jesus, like himself, was under authority.” (Wiersbe, 33)
The centurion “can command others to carry out the orders he himself has been given and can expect their instant and complete obedience, so also he believes that Jesus, under God’s authority, gives orders for illnesses to be cured instantaneously.” (Blomberg, 141)
10. “Twice in the Gospels it is recorded that Jesus marveled: here, at the great faith of the Gentile centurion, and in Mark 6:6, at the great unbelief of the Jews.” (Wiersbe, 33)
11. “The centurion is a paradigm of many outside Judaism (‘from the east and the west’—cf. Ps 107:3) who will become Jesus’ followers. Jesus thus points forward to a time beyond his earthly ministry when Gentiles flock to the faith.” (Blomberg, 142)
12. “Many from within Judaism (‘subjects of the kingdom’), who by ancestry believe themselves still part of God’s covenant, will discover that they are not in the kingdom at all but painfully and eternally excluded from God’s presence.” (Blomberg, 142)
Gentiles who think they are part of God’s kingdom but have not confessed Jesus as Savior will also be excluded. (See How to Become a Christian)
13. “Although the afflicted servant was not in the presence of Jesus, the centurion’s faith in Jesus Christ caused him to be healed.” (McGee, 48)
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Blomberg, Craig L., The New American Commentary, Volume 22, Matthew. Nashville: Broadman Press
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983
Robertson, A. T., A Harmony of the Gospels. New York, HarperCollins Publishers
Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004