Luke 7:1-10, “Wonderful” Faith

In our sermon text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 7:1-10), we encounter a “wonderful” faith in an unexpected person: a Roman centurion. Several important themes are woven into the story. It foreshadows the universal scope of the gospel message. It enlarges the picture of Christ’s mighty power. It stresses our unworthiness to approach Christ. But, the heart of the text is verse 9 where Jesus pronounced his approval of this man’s trust and used it to instruct the crowd about what faith looks like.