I stood in the other room with my fellow servant so our friend could not hear us. “How long has he been paralyzed like this?” I asked.
“Quite some time,” he responded. “He is tormented by it.”
I sighed as I heard his moans from the pain in the other room. “Is there anything we can do?”
“We’ve tried everything to help him, except…”
I stared at him as he hesitated to finish his sentence. “Except what?”
“Well, except going to that Jesus guy who has been healing people.”
“Jesus? You don’t really believe he can heal him?”
“Well, our master does. He heard Jesus is in town so he left awhile ago to ask Jesus to heal him.”
“I can’t believe a Centurion would stoop to that level. How embarrassing. Why would such a man of authority seek a Jewish teacher? He’ll get us all in trouble.”
“I don’t know, I guess he really cares — believes Jesus can heal him.”
“I can’t believe he would put so much faith in that Jesus.”
My fellow servant just shrugged.
“Come on, we have work to do before our master returns. I started to leave when I heard someone shouting from the other room. I turned to see our paralyzed friend approaching us from the other room.
“My pain is gone! I’m no longer paralyzed!” He said in an excited voice. “I can’t believe it.”
“But how?” I asked.
“I don’t know. One moment I’m moaning with pain and the next moment it’s gone!”
We just stared at our friend who was now laughing with joy in front of us. Then he asked us, “Where’s our master? I need to tell him the good news!”
“He stepped out for awhile,” I offered.
“Stepped out!” My fellow servant exclaimed. “He didn’t just step out, he went to Jesus to see if he could heal you.”
Our formerly paralyzed friend stood silent and stared at us with a surprised look. Deep inside I fought my skepticism. Could it be possible that Jesus healed him?
#WednesdayWalk Through the Bible — an exploration of what unknown people might have seen or felt when they witnessed the events in the Bible. This post is from the perspective of servants in the home of the Centurion who asked Jesus to heal his paralyzed servant. based Matthew 8:5-13 (NASB).
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