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He Was Amazed

He Was Amazed

30 October 2009

Scripture:

4 Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” 5 And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any mighty miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 And he was amazed at their unbelief… (Mark 6:4-6 NLT)

What does it take to amaze Jesus? In Nazareth, his hometown, his neighbors listened to his teaching, heard the stories of the great miracles he was doing in the towns nearby, and they said, “He’s just the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” In fact, they were deeply offended and refused to believe in him. (Mark 6:3 NLT) Jesus was amazed at their unbelief and besides that, his power was limited there by their unbelief.

Jesus once encountered a Roman military officer who said, “You don’t need to come to my home. If you simply speak the word, I know my servant will be healed!” Jesus was amazed at his faith! (Luke 7:9)

Jesus was amazed at the unbelief of the people in his own home town and he was amazed at the faith of a Roman officer. I wonder if Jesus has ever been amazed at my unbelief? Is there anything about my faith that amazes Jesus?

I’ve been a Christ-follower for a long time. I don’t want the business and language of faith to become so common to me that it becomes “religious unbelief”. I don’t want to get to the point that I can think of Jesus as the Son of God, the resurrected Savior, the King of Kings, and not be stirred to active, determined, confident faith by the truth of who he is.

Prayer:

Father, Would you amaze me again by your love, amaze me by the fact that Jesus is the Son of God who came to earth and lived and died to save me? Remind me of the times I’ve been reassured by your presence and your touch, of the times you have spoken your word and it became real in my life. May I be amazed again by your amazing love and your amazing grace. And may it not be my unbelief but my faith that amazes you. Amen.

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