The centurion answered, and said…
This, according to
(Luke 7:6) was said by his friends in his name, when he understood that
Christ had agreed to come to his house, with the elders of the Jews,
he first sent to him; and after he was actually set out with them,
and was in the way to his house; who, conscious of his own
unworthiness, deputes some persons to him, to address him in this
Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldst come under my roof.
not said as rejecting and despising the presence and company of
Christ; but is expressive of his great modesty and humility, and of
his consciousness of his own vileness, and unworthiness of having so
great a person in his house: it was too great a favour for him to
enjoy. And if such a man was unworthy, having been an idolater, and
lived a profane course of life, that Christ should come into his
house, and be, though but for a short time, under his roof; how much
more unworthy are poor sinful creatures (and sensible sinners see
themselves to be so unworthy), that Christ should come into their
hearts, and dwell there by faith, as he does, in all true believers,
however vile and sinful they have been?
But speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
former expression declares his modesty and humility, and the mean
apprehensions he had of himself; so this signifies his great faith
in Christ, and the persuasion he had of his divine power: he does
not say pray, and my servant shall be healed, as looking upon him
barely as a man of God, a prophet, one that had great interest in
God, and at the throne of grace; but speak, command, order it to be
done, and it shall be done, which is ascribing omnipotence to him;
such power as was put forth in creation, by the all commanding word
of God; "he spake, and it was done, he commanded, and it stood
fast", (Psalms 33:9) yea, he signifies that if he would but speak a word,
the least word whatever; or, as Luke has it, "say in a word"; let
but a word come out of thy mouth, and it will be done.