When he finished speaking to the people, he entered Capernaum.
A Roman captain there had a servant who was on his deathbed. He prized him highly and didn't want to lose him.
When he heard Jesus was back, he sent leaders from the Jewish community asking him to come and heal his servant.
They came to Jesus and urged him to do it, saying, "He deserves this.
He loves our people. He even built our meeting place."
Jesus went with them. When he was still quite far from the house, the captain sent friends to tell him, "Master, you don't have to go to all this trouble. I'm not that good a person, you know. I'd be embarrassed for you to come to my house,
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)