Amazing


rosesAmazed.

That’s what I was last Sunday night when my big, grown-up boy came in the house carrying a card and a dozen roses.  Now that he’s married and has a sweet baby girl of his own, there are plenty of women in his life to remind him of important things like Mother’s Day.  (God bless daughters-in-law.)

It doesn’t take much to make my jaw drop.  I can be blown away by a song, overwhelmed by an unselfish act of kindness, and astounded by a home-run-robbing catch at the center field fence.  I am easily awed by people who write stimulating words, understand quantum physics or run a marathon.  This world should inspire some serious marveling, what with sunsets, ocean waves, redwood trees…..need I go on?

But this word keeps popping up in the Bible.  The gospel writers used the word “amazed” thirty-five times to describe people’s response to Jesus.

Curious crowds — “The people were amazed at His teaching…”  Mark 1:22

His followers — “The disciples were amazed at His words…”  Mark 10:24

Even Pontius Pilate — “But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.”  Mark 15:5

There’s no doubt Jesus was completely amazing in every way.

But what amazed Jesus?

Only two things.

“And He was amazed at their lack of faith.”  Mark 6:6

I don’t want to amaze Jesus.  Not like that.

“When Jesus heard this He was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following Him, He said, ‘I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.'”  Luke 7:9

I want to amaze Jesus.  Like that.

What astonished Jesus?  Zero faith and great faith.

What astounds me?  Grace.

Amazing grace.

One thought on “Amazing

  1. Once again, your words are so thought-provoking that I struggle to find a comment, except that I agree with you….I surely don’t want Jesus to be amazed at my lack of faith…..having great faith takes some practicing!

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