If you go to Luke 7: 1-10 or Matthew 8: 5-13 in the New Testament, you will see that the Centurion is mentioned here. The Centurion commanded a troop of 100 Legionnaires, which is why he was called a Centurion. His background: he came up through the ranks to earn the title, probably well-respected by the troops and in this case respected by the Jewish population of Capernaum, even though he was a Roman conqueror. Also, being of Roman descent, he probably believed in the Roman Gods. To the Jewish community he was a gentile. Though he was a gentile, he did have compassion for the community he oversaw.
Now, why the connection to Jesus? The Centurion had a servant who was suffering dreadfully and this was very upsetting to the Centurion. He calls out to Jesus and says, “I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof, only say the word and my servant will be healed.” Have you ever wondered why the Centurion did not ask Jesus to enter his home? He knew that being a gentile, he was considered unclean, and a Jew was not to enter a home of a gentile.
Now, Jesus is amazed by the Centurion’s words, because it demonstrates not only the compassion of the gentile, but equally important, the faith that the Centurion has in Jesus, and therefore in God.
Jesus, confirming that salvation is offered to everyone. Yes, the servant is cured. Alleluia!!