The Road Less Traveled

5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”

7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”

8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 8:5-12

It had to be a great insult to the people Israel that Jesus called out a Roman centurion as one with great faith. It must have shocked them to know that God would accept the faith of a Gentile as well as that of a Jew.

Nothing’s changed.

Jesus accepts the sincere faith of anyone who calls on His name, no matter the color, ethnicity, political affiliation, gender, nationality, denomination, or religion.

Jesus has been drawing people to Himself who have been devout Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and atheists since he lived on Earth. So do not be surprised when you see people of other religions who join the ranks of Bible-believing Christians.

In fact, as the Day of His Return approaches, we can expect more and more people to drawn unto Himself.

**Just to be clear, all religions do not lead to heaven, but Jesus calls many out to follow Him.

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