What Amazes Jesus
This season, our church at River is in a sermon series ‘Amazing Miracles!’ based on the Gospel of John. It is truly a powerful and lives-changing series as we learn from the miracles Jesus has performed.
John 20:31 (NASB) tells us, “…these have been written so that you may believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His Name.”
We are believing that as our church teaches on the miracles of Jesus, the Holy Spirit is going to work mightily in the hearts of many people leading them to believe and receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior, thereby receiving true life. We are believing for an amazing harvest of souls won for Christ this season!
Turning water to wine, healing a government official’s son by His Word, raising dead Lazarus to life and other miracles – each is a demonstration of Jesus’ supernatural power and authority.
By these miracles, we are certainly amazed and marveled at the power of the God whom we serve. Have you ever wondered then what it is that will cause Jesus to be amazed? Jesus is All-Powerful and All-Knowing. What could possibly cause Him to be amazed?
I recall two instances where the Bible records that Jesus is amazed, or marveled.
Matthew 8:5-10 (NKJV)
5 Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him,
6 “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”
7 And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
8 The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.
9 For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith…”
Jesus is amazed at the great faith of this Roman officer. He believes Jesus is the Holy One and acknowledges he is undeserving of Jesus’ grace. He also understands and believes in the power and authority of the Words of Jesus. And for this, Jesus marveled.
In Matthew 8:13 (NKJV), we read that “Then Jesus said to the centurion, ‘Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.’ And his servant was healed that same hour.”
When we exercise faith like the centurion does, acknowledging Jesus is Holy and Sovereign, believing in His power and authority, Jesus too will be amazed at us and will do for us as we have believed.
By contrast, we read in Mark 6 that when Jesus returned to His hometown in Nazareth with His disciples, many people scoffed at His teaching, were offended by Him and “refused to believe in Him” (Matthew 6:3 NLT).
Matthew 6:4-6 (NKJV)
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 miracles among them except to place His hands on a few sick people and heal them.
6 And He was amazed at their unbelief.
Our unbelief hinders the miraculous works Jesus wants to do in our lives and in His church. No wonder He is amazed at our unbelief. Why would His children not believe their loving Father?
Pause for a moment and consider. When Jesus looks at your faith today, what would He be saying to you? Would Jesus be amazed at your unbelief? Or is He amazed at your great faith?
We are expecting God to do Amazing Miracles of healing, deliverance and restoration in our church at River as we teach the Gospel of John. We are praying for many lives to receive the amazing truth that Jesus is the Son of the Living God, and receive salvation. If there is unbelief among us, then Jesus cannot and will not do these miracles, just as He could not in His hometown.
Let us be united in our faith and works. Be like the centurion who seeks Jesus for the healing and restoration of others. Believe in the power and authority of Jesus Christ to bring breakthroughs and blessings into your life, and through you, into many other lives. Remember, Jesus says in Matthew 8:13 (NKJV), “as you have believed, so let it be done for you.”
Let us pray.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for the power of the Gospel. I thank You that because Jesus has conquered sin and death, there is nothing that He cannot conquer on my behalf, when I believe. Forgive me for my unbelief, Lord. I surrender to You those areas of my life that I have been holding on to by my own strength. Help me to keep growing from one level of faith to another, as I commit to use my life to bring the Good News of Your amazing miracle of salvation to the people You bring into my life every day. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”