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The Gospels of Matthew (8:5-13) and Luke (7:1-10) narrate how Jesus healed the servant of a Roman Centurion in Capernaum. The Gospel of John (4:46-54) has a similar account at Capernaum, but states that it was the son of a royal official who was cured at a distance.
According to the Gospels, a Roman Centurion asked Jesus for help because his boy servant was ill. Jesus offered to go to the Centurion's house to perform the healing, but the Centurion suggested that Jesus perform the healing at a distance. When Jesus heard this, he said:
Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.
And the boy was healed at that very hour.
Author John Clowes commented that the use of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob refers to the degree of blessedness by which people are admitted to the feast, in that Abraham signifies the celestial degree, Isac the spiritual and Jacob the natural degree.
- Some or all of this article is forked from Wikipedia. The original article was at Healing the Centurion's servant. The list of authors can be seen in the page history.