When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd that was following him, he said, “I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!” Luke 7:9 NLT
Imagine having Jesus say something like that about you. The greatest faith in Israel? Isn’t this the kind of affirmation so many of us crave?
The extraordinary thing is that Jesus didn’t say it about one of his disciples. He didn’t say it about some religious leader like a Pharisee. He didn’t even say it about John the Baptist, who he gushes about a few sentences later in this chapter.
This person who Jesus said had the greatest faith in Israel was not an Israelite at all, but a Roman officer, a centurion. It is true that he was a Roman who liked the Jews and who sympathised with the Jewish religion. He may have even converted to…
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