In Matthew 8:10 Jesus said that:”… I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!” Since Jesus is God he’s been present since the be beginning of all time, does that mean the there’s never been somebody in Israel with faith like this officer?
There are two things going on in this question. One is a question of Jesus’ omnipresence (presence everywhere all the time), and one is a question of the centurion’s faith. But what is the verse about? That is the most important thing.
There is no doubt from scripture that Jesus was omnipresent God, present from before the very beginning. In John 8:58 Jesus says, “before Abraham was born, I am”. This is not only a statement of Jesus’ deity, but of his presence all places at all time. But Matthew 8:10 is not a moment where Jesus is trying to emphasize his omnipresence, rather it is a moment where he is trying to emphasize the centurion’s great faith. The response of people hearing Jesus say these words would not have been, “wow, this guy must really be faithful because Jesus is God and he would really know who the most faithful person in history is.” No, their response would have been, “really?!?! a gentile? a roman centurion has greater faith then a jew?!?” Jesus statement has shock value because he is not only pointing out that a non-Jew can have real faith, but he is also indicting the Jew’s around him who have not seen him for who he really is. Instead, the least likely of people has correctly identified Jesus as the God and Lord that he is.