The confidence of a centurion

Christ Jesus had confidence in his ability to heal others and in his command over the environment. The Gospel of Mark records that he commanded, “Peace, be still,” in the face of a storm on the Sea of Galilee, and “a great calm” followed (4:39).

But of the many healings that he did, and the requests for healing that he received, in only one instance does the Bible record that he “marvelled” at the faith of a petitioner (see Matthew 8:5–13). A Roman officer, a centurion, requested that Jesus heal his ill servant.

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