Summary: Rufinius was a Roman centurian who approached Yeshua and asked for him
to heal his servant, Albion (winter of 34 CE, first year of Yeshua’s ministry). When
Yeshua agreed to go to the soldier’s residence, Rufinius insisted that he was not
worthy to have Yeshua enter his home, but if Yeshua would “but speak the word only”,
his servant would be healed (Y:10:1-7). Yeshua was impressed by the faith of Rufinius,
and the servant was healed.
Several months later (autumn of 35 CE), while performing his duties as centurian,
Rufinius was visited by an angel who spoke, saying: “Get you up unto Nazareth, for
there have many conspired to lay hold of Yeshua of Galilee to kill him.” Rushing
to Nazareth, Rufinius interrupted a group of scribes and Pharisees who were about
to throw Yeshua off a cliff (Y:17:21-35). After this event, Rufinius resigned from
his position as centurian and followed Yeshua from that day forth.
Azrael’s Commentary - Rufinius
A twenty-year veteran, Rufinius fought in several campaigns and had the rare distinction
of winning the Corona Civica twice. Held in high regard by his commanders, Rufinius
was given the difficult job of safeguarding the trade routes which passed through
Galilee. A practical man who did not suffer fools lightly, Rufinius ruled his men
with an iron hand.
Rufinius became a devoted follower of Yeshua after the healing of his servant, Albion.
After the incident recorded in Yeshua 17:21-35, Rufinius resigned his commission
and followed Yeshua from that day forth. It was Rufinius’ intent to protect Yeshua
whether Yeshua thought he needed protecting or not. Rufinius presented a rather intimidating
presence. Abandoning his customary dress, Rufinius began to wear the robes of a Jewish
merchant, being careful to keep his short sword hidden beneath his robes so that
Yeshua would not see it. However, it was evident that Yeshua did know. If you will
read Yeshua 21:28-33, the disciple who warned Yeshua against releasing the crucified
man was none other than Rufinius.
Of interest it should be noted that when Yeshua sent the two young lovers to Tyre,
to the house of Jakobis (Yeshua 40:3-15), he sent Rufinius with them to protect and
watch over them on their journey. As a result, Rufinius was absent during the arrest
and crucifixion of Yeshua.
Rufinius, on hearing that Yeshua had been resurrected, went immediately to Galilee
where he once again saw his friend and master. There beside the sea of Galilee, with
Yeshua standing at his side, Rufinius threw his sword into the placid waters and
never touched a weapon for the rest of his life. He retired to live in Nazareth where
he was a frequent visitor in the home of Mary and Susanna of Jotapata.
Yeshua 10:1-11 Rufinius beseeches Yeshua to heal his servant, Albion, by the
speaking of the word only.
Yeshua 17:21-33 An angel appears before Rufinius, telling him to rush to Nazareth
to save Yeshua.