The faith that made Jesus marvel

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In Luke 7:2-10, what was it about the centurion’s faith that made Jesus marvel (v. 9)?

“(2) And a centurion’s slave, who was highly regarded by him, was sick and about to die. (3) When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders asking Him to come and save the life of his slave. (4) When they came to Jesus, they earnestly implored Him, saying, “He is worthy for You to grant this to him; (5) for he loves our nation and it was he who built us our synagogue.” (6) Now Jesus started on His way with them; and when He was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself further, for I am not worthy for You to come under my roof; (7) for this reason I did not even consider myself worthy to come to You, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. (8) For I also am a man placed under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.” (9) Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled at him, and turned and said to the crowd that was following Him, “I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith.” (10) When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.” (NASB)


  1. One study bible states, ” Only twice is Jesus said to have marveled: here at the faith of a foreigner(cf. Matt 8:10), and in Mark 6:6 at unbelief in Nazareth.” Perhaps it was because he was a gentile and not even those in Jesus’ hometown responded to Jesus in faith. In Luke 7 the centurion, who had only heard of the Messiah (being drawn by the Father John 6:44,65)”truly” placed faith in him. The faith seems to have been greater than usual because he was not placing his faith in the physical alone, but in Christ’ authority as supreme sovereign God(Luk.7:7). This faith, by God’s grace, is given to those who are blessed according to Jesus. John 20:29 “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen me and yet have believed.” This seems like the answer given to us in Luke 7:9b. If I’m wrong, I still enjoyed looking into it. Thank you.

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