Luke 7:1-17: …the centurion sent friends to say to [Jesus], "Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed.”
I have a couple of old weekly magazines—Life and Look—from very pivotal times in our American culture. One was published right after JFK’s assassination, and the other the week after the Beatles first came to the U.S. I keep thinking they must be worth something, and then I realize they hold great value for me whether they have market value or not.
Is ‘worth’ determined intrinsically, or by external forces? In his travels Jesus heard of a centurion whose valued slave was in need of healing. Though the centurion was accustomed to authority and status, he said to Jesus, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof.” Then he said, “But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed.”
Jesus did not let the man make the determination of his own worthiness, though. He did not dismiss the need, insisting that the person in need come to him. Instead, Jesus went to the centurion’s house and helped the man who otherwise would have died. He went without regard for human standards of worthiness.
To Jesus, a human being in need of healing is always always ‘worth something.
Psalms 121, 122, 123; Micah 1:1-9; Acts 23:12-24
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