Second Sunday after Pentecost
June 2, 2013
I am not worthy
Our society honors those who erect hospitals, churches, buildings, and other ministries that serve humanity. Sometimes we honor them with celebration parties or plaques and statues to highlight their service. We often honor church donor members with portraits or nameplates. Great people are worthy of the honor bestowed upon them. The Jewish elders of Capernaum pointed to Jesus the worthiness of the centurion’s request to heal his servant from a fatal sickness because “he loves our nation and has built our synagogue” (Luke 7:5 NIV).
Greatness is worthy of respect, yet the centurion knew Jesus was greater than he was and had a power surpassing any human authority. In order to have authority, one must be under authority. All authority is given by a greater; it is never assumed. Authority is always retained by the level of obedience to the one granting the authority. Even as the centurion was under the authority of his commander, which in turn gave him authority to command men under him, he understood that Jesus’ power to heal came from Jesus’ obedience to the Father, who held all authority and transmitted it to the Son.
As a result, the centurion understood Jesus’ true source of power and said, “I did not even think myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed” (Luke 7:7 NIV). Perceiving “such great faith,” the Savior expressed his joy; without the centurion’s seeing Jesus, his request was granted, on account of his understanding and faith in the Savior’s authority to heal his servant.
Today we cannot see Jesus face to face, but we can believe in his authority to heal today. What is your need this day? Come boldly before the throne of grace. Let the Savior hear your heart. If you believe as the centurion, your request will be granted as well. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matthew 28:18).
Jeff Carter, pastor, Macedonia Moravian Church, Advance, North Carolina