: New Testament Stories

Jesus entered into Capernaum, a city by the Sea of Galilee, and while

He was there a certain Centurion, or captain in the Roman army, had a

favourite servant who was sick of the palsy and in great pain. When

this Roman heard of Jesus, he sought the Jewish elders and implored

them to go to Christ and beseech Him to cure the sick servant. And the

elders came to Jesus and besought Him urgently to do this miracle,

He is a worthy man, this Roman captain, for he loveth the

Jews and hath built us a synagogue."

So Jesus went with them, and when He had come near the house, the

Centurion himself came to meet Him, saying, "Lord, trouble not

Thyself, for I am not worthy that Thou shouldest enter my house. Speak

the word only, and this sickness shall depart and my servant be made

whole. For I am a man under authority of the Emperor, having many

soldiers under me, and I say unto this man, 'Go,' and he goeth; to

another, 'Come,' and he cometh, and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he

doeth it. Wherefore, if I can so readily command my servants to do my

bidding, I know that if Thou biddest this sickness to go out from my

servant it will surely go."

Jesus marvelled at the man's words, and said to His followers,

"Verily, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in

all Israel." And to the Centurion He said, "Go thy way; and as thou

hast believed, so be it done unto thee." And his servant was healed in

the selfsame hour, and when those that had been sent returned to the

house, they found the servant whole that had been sick.