“And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 8:11 NKJV).


A Roman centurion came to Jesus at Capernaum asking for healing for his servant. Jesus offered to come and heal the servant. But the centurion replied that he wasn’t worthy to have Jesus under his roof. Instead, he said that he believed that Jesus need only “speak a word” and his servant would be healed.
Jesus was amazed at the centurion’s faith, saying he had not seen such great faith even in Israel. Jesus added that “many” would soon come from east and west to sit down with the patriarchs of the Jewish faith. In this, Jesus was announcing that the Kingdom of God would include many Gentiles like the Roman centurion. He also was teaching that entry into the Kingdom was by faith in Him, not by Jewish birthright. For his next words stated that those who thought themselves “sons of the kingdom” simply because they were Jews, would in fact be “cast into outer darkness.”
Finally, Jesus turned back to the centurion saying, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.
There is coming a Day when those who have put their faith in Jesus will sit down at the wedding supper with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, along with this faithful centurion, and with Jesus sitting at the head. For believers from every nation, tribe and tongue who have trusted Jesus as Lord and Savior will be together with the Lord forevermore!
PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, we look forward to that Day. Yet, we ask for strength and wisdom to serve You until that time. May we fulfill all that You have purposed for us. Until that time, may You find us faithful. In Jesus’ name, amen.