This is by far one of my favorite passages for the sake of one simple word, “marveled“. Jesus marveled? What could possibly astonish and impress Jesus so much that He would marvel at it
Rewinding a few verses we see the story of the centurion. Upon reading this account there are several things that stand out about this man who causes Jesus to marvel. For one he was not of the Jewish people, in fact he not only was a gentile who were not commonly educated in the Jewish faith, but he was actually an officer of the Roman occupation. That is to say, he was the enemy of Jesus’s people and had physical dominion over them. Yet he humbled himself to come and ask Jesus, a man who was under him in physical authority, to help his servant.
This reveals 3 major things about the centurion. The first is that he cared for his servants, he was a man of compassion. The second thing it shows is that he was a humble man, willing to humble himself for the sake of helping (not himself but) someone else. He openly sought out the least and the lowly of his Society and showing great reverence and respect honored Him publicly as Lord. Thirdly and most importantly, though the centurion had physical authority over Jesus as Romans did over the Jews at that time , he acknowledged Jesus’s spiritual authority over not only him but all creation, both seen and unseen. This is what caused Jesus to marvel and these three elements are still what impress God today. Humility, selflessness, and faith.
“And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.” – Matthew 8:5-10