Verses 1-10: Jesus’ Authority over Sickness
- What is significant about the person who goes to Jesus for help in this passage?
- Why did the centurion have a good relationship with the Jews in his area? Why did he send the Jewish elders to Jesus, instead of going himself?
- Why did the centurion consider himself unworthy to be in Jesus’ presence?
- What amazed Jesus about the centurion? How should we be like the centurion when we come to Jesus?
- What does Jesus’ healing of the centurion’s servant tell us about how we should treat those of different ethnic or racial backgrounds? What can a believer do to overcome long-held prejudices against people of a different ethnicity, race, or nationality?
- What does this miracle reveal about Jesus’ authority over sickness? How is the authority of the centurion and Jesus the same? How is it different?
- If Jesus can heal, even when not physically present, why didn’t he heal everyone? Why doesn’t he heal everyone today?
Verses 11-15: Jesus’ Compassion in the Face of Death
- How is the motivation for performing this miracle different than when Jesus healed the centurion’s servant?
- Read Deut 10:18; Psalm 146:9; and James 1:27. What do these verses tell us about God’s compassion for widows and those who are vulnerable in our society?
- How did Jesus show compassion to this widow? How can we show compassion for those in need?
- How does knowing Jesus has power over death affect the way you live? How does it affect the way you deal with death?
Verses 16-17: Jesus’ Glory
- What caused fear to overcome the crowd?
- What did the people say about Jesus? Why do you think they had this response?
- If we or a loved one become in, or even die, does that mean that we did not have enough faith, or God was not able?
- In what way is sickness and death overcome already for those who are in Christ?
- What are some practical ways we can tell others of how God is working in our lives and the difference he has made?