Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled, and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel." ~ Matthew 8:10
I am due for a little word study, don’t you think?
- He marveled ~ NASB
- He was impressed ~ CEB
- He was so surprised ~ CEV
- He was amazed ~ ERV
- He was astonished ~ Phillips
- Jesus said to His followers in amazement ~ Knox
- Taken aback, Jesus said ~ MSG
- He was surprised and wondered ~ NLV
- Jesus was stunned ~ VOICE [i]
I am just pondering this idea. Jesus is blown away by the faith, the confident expectation, of this foreigner, this gentile.
He is not a Jew, but a Roman. He has not grown up being told the stories of Israel’s history, and celebrating time after time when God’s hand was manifest in the outcome of this nations life.
Yet this centurion understands the kind of power and authority Jesus wields, and it amazes Jesus.
What does it take to surprise, amaze, impress Jesus?
When was the last time Jesus was impressed with you?
You say (yep – I can hear you) I don’t impress Jesus. The only emotion I evoke in Him is disappointment.
I love this story because it helps me see a side of Jesus we don’t hear much these days.
He get’s excited when we move in the right direction. He is thrilled and amazed when we move out and expect Him to show up.
You know this verse in Hebrews:
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. ~ Hebrews 11:6
We tend to focus on the first part, life without faith, but miss the fact that it is not only possible, but part of the normal Christian life to please Him with our faith filled words and actions.
When you speak out loud your expectation of the Father's presence in your circumstances, He sits up straight and takes notice. [Tweet This]
See you tomorrow
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