Jesus Christ said, “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer.”

The Story of the Gentle Gentile General, Part 5 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 595 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 962 since Jan. 1, 2016)

Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 8:5-13

5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,

6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.

9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.

12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.


When the centurion requested that Jesus heal his servant, Jesus immediately stated that He would come to the centurion’s home and do just that. However, the centurion expressed that he did not feel worthy enough for Jesus to come into his house and exhibited faith that Jesus could heal his servant with just a word leading to Jesus ‘marvelling’ at his faith. Jesus stated that He had yet to come across the “great faith” that this Gentile had shown among the Israelites, who had every reason to express such faith in Him.

As we touched on on yesterday, this encounter was a foreshadowing of the Jews rejecting Christ and the Gentiles embracing Him. In fact Jesus says as much in verses 11 and 12. “And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

This would have been shocking news to Jesus’ mostly Jewish audience. The Jews assumed that only their people would sit down in the Kingdom of Heaven with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. But Jesus says that many from the east and west — Gentiles, like this Roman centurion, from the ends of the earth — would sit down at the heavenly banquet table in God’s kingdom. The guarantee of Heaven does not come with racial identity, family heritage, or lineage; it comes only through faith in Christ. That is what Jesus wants the Jews to understand — only their faith in Him can save them.

In contrast, those who do not place their faith and trust in Christ are “cast out into outer darkness” where there is “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Many “sons of the kingdom” — the Jews of yesterday, and many church people who are religious but lost — will end up in Hell. Charles Spurgeon said, ‘We see that Jesus was unafraid to speak of hell, and in fact did so more than any other in the Bible. There are some ministers who never mention anything about hell. I heard of a minister who once said to his congregation, “If you do not love the Lord Jesus Christ, you will be sent to that place which it is not polite to mention.” He ought not to have been allowed to preach again, I am sure, if he could not use plain words.’

If Jesus would tell His own people — the Jews He came to save “first” — that many of them would end up in Hell, surely He must not have been playing around. He didn’t want them to end up in Hell; He wanted them to see the importance of placing their faith in Him, following the example of the Roman centurion. And He wants us to see the importance of placing great faith in Him — for temporal things like healing, but, more importantly, for eternal life.

Daniel W. Whittle wrote:

I believed in God’s wonderful mercy and grace,
Believed in the smile of His reconciled face,
Believed in His message of pardon and peace,
I believed, and I keep on believing.

I believed in the work of my crucified Lord,
Believed in redemption alone thro’ His blood,
Believed in my Savior by trusting His Word;
I believed, and I keep on believing.

I believed in the heart that was opened for me,
Believed in the love flowing blessèd and free,
Believed that my sins were all nailed to the tree;
I believed, and I keep on believing.

I believed in Himself, as the true living One,
Believed in His presence on high on the throne,
Believed in His coming in glory full soon;
I believed, and I keep on believing.


Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.