“This Man Is Worthy” ( Luke 7: 4, ESV; KJV ) by Carley Evans

A Roman centurion, upon learning that his servant — a servant who is “dear unto him” — is sick and ready to die, sends Jewish elders to Jesus. The elders “plead earnestly with [Jesus],” saying that “this man deserves to have You do this, because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” The Jewish elders claim this Gentile Roman is worthy of Jesus’ attention and time. Jesus goes with them.

Does Jesus go with the elders because the centurion is worthy? Has the Roman earned Jesus’ attention because he’s built a synagogue? Or, does Jesus go with the elders because of His love for the centurion and His desire to heal the servant who is on his deathbed?

The Roman centurion — second guessing his boldness in sending the elders and in sudden, total humility — sends friends to tell Jesus not to come. This man, who the elders say is worthy of Jesus, says, “Lord, trouble not Yourself; for I am not worthy that Thou shouldest enter under my roof. Wherefore, neither thought I myself worthy to come unto Thee; but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.” (Luke 7:6-7, KJV)

Worthy? The centurion doesn’t believe he’s deserving of Jesus’ special attention. If anything, he feels supremely unworthy. Yet, the Roman understands authority. He knows that with a word, Jesus is able to heal his servant. Jesus doesn’t need to be present; He can heal from a distance. And that is exactly what Jesus does. Jesus heals the servant not because the Roman centurion is worthy, but because this man has “great faith.” (Luke 7:9, KJV)

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. mtsweat says:

    And so great a faith, He had not found, not even in Israel. I always get excited when Jesus seems to get excited. Means there’s something we should really be grasping. Looks like you nailed it again Carley. Thanks and God bless.

  2. lambskinny says:

    Oh I so appreciate your support, M.T. God bless! Carley

  3. Jeff says:

    I wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blogger award. I’ve enjoyed your Bible Studies quite a bit!

    1. Lambskinny says:

      Jeff, thank you! And what is a Versatile Blogger award? God bless. And do visit ‘obsecrations’ my other blog .

      1. Jeff says:

        As far as I can tell, the “Versatile Blogger award” is something that is handed around by other readers who have enjoyed reading your blog. I got one from another reader yesterday. I don’t know much more about it…it seems to be kind of a community thing, just letting others know about your blog. It’s a good way to let people know what blogs you enjoy, I guess. If you get one, you’re supposed to “nominate” 15 other blogs.

        Heading over to check out your other blog, now. Blessings!!

  4. Lambskinny says:

    Well cool! and thanks again!

  5. lambskinny says:

    God bless you, Leroy. I so appreciate your readership!

  6. I have nominated you for, “The Most Versatile Blogger Award.” Please follow the link to this post for further instructions. http://memoriesofcaleb.wordpress.com/2011/09/21/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    1. lambskinny says:

      Wow! MOST Versatile Blogger Award! Gonna change my designation! Thanks much!

    2. lambskinny says:

      Jeffrey, your “blog button” is cool — I’ve added it. Thanks again. Carley

      1. mtsweat says:

        Hey! I want a blog button!

  7. Just letting you know I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. http://drusillamott.wordpress.com

  8. Ula says:

    Well, here’s another one from me: I voted you for “The Most Versatile Blogger Award.”! It looks like you’ve got a few already and well-deserved too 🙂 http://jesuscarriesme.wordpress.com

    1. lambskinny says:

      Oh, thanks Ula. You are so kind.

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