23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
"It was a simple child-like faith."
The Faith of the Centurion
7 When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. 2 There a centurionâ€™s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. 3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, â€œThis man deserves to have you do this, 5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.â€ 6 So Jesus went with them.
He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: â€œLord, donâ€™t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, â€˜Go,â€™ and he goes; and that one, â€˜Come,â€™ and he comes. I say to my servant, â€˜Do this,â€™ and he does it.â€
9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, â€œI tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.â€ 10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.
A Prophet Without Honor
6 Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.
â€œWhere did this man get these things?â€ they asked. â€œWhatâ€™s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? 3 Isnâ€™t this the carpenter? Isnâ€™t this Maryâ€™s son and the brother of James, Joseph,[a] Judas and Simon? Arenâ€™t his sisters here with us?â€ And they took offense at him.
4 Jesus said to them, â€œA prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.â€ 5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 He was amazed at their lack of faith.