I line I have been heard exclaiming more than a few times in my life is,”I amaze easily.” In many respects this is a true statement. I often am amazed by people when they accomplish things, I could never dream of accomplishing. I have been known to watch the TV show “America’s Got Talent” and I often find my self amazed at what they are able to do. Like this year the group called “Silhouettes” and the amazing things that they can do with their bodies to form shadows and tell a story. Check them out if you have missed them CLICK HERE.
Sometimes I am just as amazed at the other side of life. Last night in Minneapolis two guys were riding around in a pickup truck, one was driving and the other guy was in the truck bed with a baseball bat. As they drove through the streets they smashed over 120 rear windows in cars parked along the road. I can say I am amazed at how disrespectful people can be.
In the life of Jesus we hear of people being amazed all the time. People were amazed at the reports of Him (Luke 2:18), they were amazed at his wisdom (Luke 2:47), they were amazed at his words (Luke 4:22),and they were certainly amazed at his actions (Luke 11:14).
So today I contantly stand amazed by his words, that have endured, his wisdom that is so timeless, his power and authority in this world, and his workings in the lives of so many. But this poses an interesting question for me. “What does it take to amaze Jesus?” Someone at college once told me a phrase I will not soon forget, “Has it ever occurred to you that nothing has ever occurred to God?”
Yet scripture tells us what it takes to amaze God. In one of the only places I have found, We see Jesus amazed in Luke Chapter 7. He is amazed with a gentile, worse then that he is amazed at a roman Centurion. Here is the simple exchange.
1 When Jesus had finished saying all this in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. 2 There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. 3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, 5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” 6 So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
9 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.” 10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well. Luke 7:1-10
The Centurion Soldier – He Got It! He recognized Jesus for who he was, and saw the authority that resided in the son of God. He also saw himself clearly, as someone who did not deserve to have Jesus in his home. Jesus was amazed by this combination of courage to ask, humility to understand, and faith to believe. While I began by telling you that I am easily amazed, I need to work bit at amazing God. “…help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24