“But the centurion said, ‘Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed’” (Matthew 8:8).
It wasn’t his goodness, patriotism, or the compassion displayed toward his servant. The only thing that made the Roman centurion worthy of the Lord’s lofty tribute was his overwhelming sense of unworthiness. Jesus’ reaction was that he had not found such great faith with anyone in Israel (v.10). Ouch! It’s a reminder that self-satisfied, institutional, cultural religion never finds commendation from the Lord…only condemnation.