July 1, 2012: Matthew 8:5-13, Told for Younger Children
Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Christian Education · June 25, 2012
Audio length: 3:31
One day, our Lord Jesus Christ came to a place called Capernaum. When He got there, an important man came to Him. The man was a centurion, which means that he was a soldier in charge of 100 other soldiers. This important man came to ask Jesus for help!
The man had a servant who was very sick. The servant was so sick that he could not move! The centurion thought Jesus could heal his servant. That is why he came.
Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.”
But the centurion said, “I’m not good enough to have You come into my house. I know that if You just say that he is healed, my servant will be healed! With my work as a centurion, I’m in charge of others. When I tell them to do something, they do it. I know that You can command things to happen, too…”
Jesus was amazed at what the man said. He told the people who were following Him, “This man has a lot of faith. I haven’t found any people in all of Israel who believe in Me as much as this man does. I’m telling you, all different kinds of people will be in heaven with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It will not just be God’s special people, the Jews. Many people who are not Jewish will believe in and follow God, too.” Then, He turned to the centurion and told him to go home. He said, “May it be done for you as you believed!”
At that very moment, the centurion’s sick servant was healed!
1. Who came to see Jesus in this Gospel story? What was the man’s job?
2. Why did the man come to see Jesus? What did he want Jesus to do?
3. Did Jesus do what the man asked? How do you know?
4. Why did the man think Jesus did not need to come to his house to heal his servant?
5. What did Jesus say that the centurion had a lot of? Is that good or bad? Why?
6. Jesus used the man as an example to his followers, showing that many different kinds of people, not just God’s special people, will follow God and be in heaven with Him. Are you glad about that? Why or why not?