“Jesus entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death.” Luke 7:1-2
Capernaum, centurion, slave, these are three words that make this healing story so interesting. Capernaum was a trade city on the sea of Galilee, making it a crossroads for different kinds of people. The centurion was a gentile, a roman officer. And a slave, cared for by the Centurion, but owned nonetheless. There were many reasons for Jesus to refuse this request to heal the slave by the Centurion. Many reasons to be prejudiced against him. But as was his custom, Jesus crosses all the lines and boundaries of difference to offer the healing and salvation of God. The slave is released from his deathly illness and the faith of the centurion is lifted up as an example to Jesus’ own people releasing them from the prejudice that a roman officer couldn’t have great faith. Consider all the assumptions we make about people different than ourselves. How might Jesus release us from our prejudice against them?
-Pastor Travis Norton
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