The Nobleman and The Centurion
Both the nobleman and the centurion lived in the town of Capernaum which was located close to the Sea of Galilee. Both of them became unusually concerned about persons close to them who were stricken with death-like sickness -- the nobleman's son and the centurion's slave.

It was early in the first period of Christ's Galilean ministry that the nobleman made his way from Capernaum up to Cana of Galilee, the town where Jesus shortly before had turned water into wine. Encountering Jesus in Cana, he besought Jesus to come down and heal his son because he was at the point of death.

But Jesus said unto him, "Except you see signs and wonders you will not believe."

The nobleman said, "Sir, come down ere my child die."

So Jesus said unto him, "Go your way, your son lives." The nobleman believed the word of Jesus and went his way. On his way home his servants met him and reported the good news. When all the details were checked, it made a believer out of him and his household. It was almost a year later after Jesus had called his twelve disciples, and immediately after he gave the famous Sermon on the Mount, that the centurion became most anxious. His slave, who was dear unto him, was sick and at the point of death.

When he heard concerning Jesus, he sent unto him some of the elders of the Jews to ask him if he would come and save his beloved servant. As Jesus approached, the centurion, remembering the customs and the relationships between Jews and Gentiles, sent the word, "Lord trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee; but speak the word, and my servant shall be healed."

Jesus marveled at his faith and healed his servant. One wonders if the nobleman may have influenced the centurion.
ASSIGNMENT: Matthew 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10; John 4:46-54
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