Second Sunday of Pentecost

A Roman Officer Believes in Jesus


Luke 7: 1 - 10

Matthew 8: 5 - 13

John 4: 43 - 54


Throughout Jesus' lifetime, Palestine was occupied by the Roman Empire.

Order was kept in groups of one hundred soldiers, by officers called centurions. The centurions often kept that name as they were promoted higher and higher in the military - or they could also be naval officers.

Centurions had to be able to read and write.

1. Who did the officer ask for help?

[The Jewish leaders asked Jesus to come to heal the officer's servant.]

2. What did the Jewish leaders say about the officer?

[The Jewish leaders said that the officer had built a meeting place for the Jews.]

3. What did the officer tell the leaders to say to Jesus?

[The officer sent friends to say, "I am not good enough for you to enter my house."]

4. What did Jesus say about the officer?

[Jesus said, "In all of Israel, I've never found anyone with this much faith."]


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