Sometimes the greatest faith is not found in the faith community, but outside it. The Lord who is ‘no respecter of persons’, shows glowing admiration for the faith found in this Roman soldier.

Matthew 8:
 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.

God responds well to humility. Maybe you cannot possess faith without first humbling yourself. The Centurion dropped the shield when approaching the Almighty. He risked grave consequence by revealing himself in this way.

This man’s faith lacked even a hint of bravado.

With prophetic precision, Jesus addresses the true nature of faith. It grows in humility. It is not an entitlement because you belong to the right religious group. The Kingdom of God includes many who don’t fit the religious boundaries.

Others who feel entitled because of their heritage will be left out. The weeping and gnashing of teeth comes from people who thought they were first in line. Hell is described as a place of darkness, pain and regret.

There is a place outside the Kingdom of God that is filled with terror, darkness and exclusion. We don’t like to think that a loving God would allow hell to exist. The fact is that it does exist and Jesus has come to lead us into God’s Kingdom. Every one of us has experienced a foretaste of Hell. Our pride will always take us to its gates.

Disease reminds us that we do not live the right kind of body to live forever.

The Resurrection of Jesus points us to a new world without end.

And everyone time healing takes place, we look to the horizon. The darkness will soon end.