I recently read a book written by Janette Oke entitled “The Centurion’s Wife”.
This book is a part of her Acts of Faith series. Currently I am reading the second part of this book. Series is exactly that, acts of faith. The story to the first book of the series takes place right after the crucifixion of Jesus.
We have the apostles waiting the return of the messiah, the Romans wanting to end talks of the Messiah, Pontus Pilate dealing with his wife since she warned them not to crucify Jesus.
The first book was heavily focused on the faith of the Centurion, the faith of his betrothed, the faith of the followers and of course your faith as in you the reader.
If you have heard the biblical stories and can not reccollect if a Centurion was ever mentioned…. well he was.
Matthew 8:5-13New International Version (NIV)
The Faith of the Centurion
5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”
7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”
8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11 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. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.
I really enjoyed this book, how it encompassed this story, of the centurion and built around the aftermath of the death and resurrection of Christ. I really feel all should read this. Even if it just for a little adventure, for this takes you back 2000 years, or for a renewal of your faith, a reminder of why you serve Christ.
I look forward to reading the second book of this series.
I will write about it after I read, and reflect on the book.
Many blessings to you all.