When he had finished addressing the people, he went to Capernaum. A centurion there had a servant whom he valued highly; this servant was ill and near death. Hearing about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders with the request that he would come and save his servant’s life.
They approached Jesus and pressed their petition earnestly: “He deserves this favor from you,” they said, “for he is a friend of our nation and it is he who built our synagogue.”
Jesus went with them; but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends with this message: “Do not trouble further, sir. It is not for me to have you under my rood, and that is why I did not approach you in person. But say the word, and my servant will be cured. I know, for in my position I am myself under orders, with soldiers under me. I say to one, ‘Go’, and he goes; to another, “Come here,” and he comes; and to my servant, “Do this,” and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this, he admired the man; and turning to the crowd that had followed him, he said, “I tell you, nowhere, even in Israel, have I found faith like this.”
And the messengers returned to the house and found the servant in good health.