When Jesus had finished saying all these things to the people, he went to Capernaum.
A Roman officer there had a servant who was very dear to him; the man was sick and about to die.
When the officer heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to ask him to come and heal his servant.
They came to Jesus and begged him earnestly, "This man really deserves your help.
He loves our people and he himself built a synagogue for us."
So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the officer sent friends to tell him, "Sir, don't trouble yourself. I do not deserve to have you come into my house,