And the other account—I believe it’s in Matthew—the other account says that the man came and knelt before Him, and said, “My servant (or my military aide) is grievously tormented with the palsy.” You may have read that account as well.
“And Jesus said, I will come and heal him. The centurion said, It’s not necessary for you to come, because I also a man under authority. And I speak to my military aide, I speak to my soldiers, I tell them to go, and they go, come, and they come, do this, and they do it.
“But then he said, I recognize that you have authority over all authority. You just speak the word, and my aide will be healed.”
Well, Jesus whirled around and said to the people—I’m just paraphrasing now—He said, “I’ve not seen such great faith, not in all of Israel.” So this is the second time and the only other time that He referred to great faith.
And He said, “Go your way, and as you have believed, your military aide will be healed.” And he was.
This is Jesus crossing the cultural barrier of a Roman army captain. A centurion in the Roman army was an army captain who was over 100 soldiers. Centurion means one hundred, centauri or one hundred,
And this man, it is believed, was stationed at the Roman garrison in a little place up north in Galilee right on the sea of Galilee in the Tiberius area. History teaches us that there was a Roman garrison in that day stationed at Tiberius. And this Roman, who had only served Caesar, who was worshipped as a god and was referred to as “my Lord Caesar,” he had never paid allegiance to anyone in his life except Caesar.