And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. (Luke 7:6 ESV)
It is so commendable that the Centurion was willing to admit to his unworthiness. We all need to do that. He comes clean with Jesus, choosing to put his faults on the table. Maybe he suspected that Jesus would have known them anyway. What’s even more interesting is that there were others who thought more of him than he thought of himself. Jesus was impressed not only by his honesty but his faith. He was not trying to be rude, he seem genuinely conscious of his life. So he confesses to Jesus. Someone should have told him he was the very type of persons Jesus was looking for. “And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32 ESV) Jesus is searching for those who have lost their way or are broken. He has come with a message of hope for those who others regard as lost. “Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance”. (Luke 15:7 ESV) Jesus wants to live under our roof. Whether we live in a mansion or in a Shanty Town. He wants us to welcome him, in spite of how undeserving or ineligible we might feel. The truth is God sees all of us as worthy of saving. All lives matter, in spite of Race, age, gender or sexual orientation. Even though you may feel dejected and rejected, your life matters to God.