“Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him”. The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!”
- Matthew 8:5-10 (NKJV)
The centurion simply had faith in God's Word. This should serve as an example to us Christians.
There are many who place their faith in signs and wonders, and dreams and visions. But, ultimately, the Word of God (bible) is the sole authority in our lives and should be upheld as such.
If we compare this story to when Jesus healed Jairus' daughter (see Matthew 9, Mark 5 and Luke 8), we can see how Jesus contrasts the two men - Jairus and the centurion.
Jairus wishes for Jesus to come touch and heal his daughter whilst the centurion understands that Jesus simply speaking can heal his servant. Since the centurion believed in God's Word alone, he got commended by the Son of God for his faith. On the contrary, Jairus got no such commendation because he wanted Jesus to heal by touch. Jairus didn't have enough faith to believe that Jesus could simply heal by word alone.
This should be a lesson for us. We, as Christians. must behold our God and His Word. Let us see that God's Word is sufficient. We do not need to look for anything else.
Relying on the bible alone pleases God.