Sunday, December 10, 2006

To Amaze Jesus

How does a person amaze Jesus? Imagine that you were able to memorize the entire Bible and you go to Jesus to show Him what you are able to accomplish. He smiles, pats you on the back and replies; “You know I wrote that.”

Imagine you are an artist of amazing talents. The paintings you are able to create are so real; the colors are so real. You run to Jesus to show Him your latest masterpiece. He smiles, and compliments you on your talent, and then has you look at the snow capped mountains.

There is nothing we can do that can amaze the Man who opened the eyes of the blind, gave hearing to the deaf, walked on water, turned water into wine, and let us not forget rise from the dead. Jesus is amazing. Jesus is awesome. How can we amaze Him?

When Jesus had finished saying all this in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” 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. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 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.” 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.” Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well. Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. (Luke 7:1-11; NIV)

Jesus is amazed by our faith. Not a belief that He exists and that He rose from the dead, but a life which trusts Him completely. The centurion was a Gentile, he may have come to know God through the teachings he had heard, but he wasn’t a Jew. There was no reason why a guy like this would put his trust in Jesus, and yet he did. The centurion trusted Jesus more than any of the Jews Jesus ran into. This amazed Jesus.

Look around us. There is no reason why we should have faith in God. Science and technology have helped us conquer this world. Everyday we learn more about the Universe we live in.

Spirituality is all the rage today. People want to explore the mystery and experience the mystical. It seems so exciting; so much for people to discover.

The world is telling us that Jesus is obsolete; that He is no longer relevant to today’s society. Imagine anyone saying that He is the only way to God. The arrogance! The legalism!

To put our faith in Jesus is not the reasonable thing to do according to the society in which we live. In that aspect we are very similar to the centurion. The Jews had the Scripture pointing out who Jesus was, but the centurion came from a very different culture. A culture which didn’t recognize the God of Abraham let alone His messiah. Yet he had faith in Jesus.

Our culture does not honor God, let alone Jesus. By going against the culture and trusting Jesus we amaze Him. I am not talking about simply walking down the aisle at church and accepting Jesus as your Savior and being baptized. I am talking about a life that trust Jesus more than we trust ourselves. Not only saying we trust Jesus for our salvation, but putting it on the line and obeying what He has commanded. It amazes Jesus when we go against the culture and put our faith in Him.

1 comment:

kris_austin said...

good thoughts on amazing Jesus. It is Sunday morning and I too am getting ready to preach a message entitled "How to Amaze Jesus". That centurion officer had 2 things going for him that so got jesus attention. 1) he was humbled by his own unworthiness, and 2) he understood the Lordship of Christ. This simple yet heartfelt faith made Jesus wonder in admiration ("theumazo" strong's concordance). Anyhow, I will read your blog (1st paragraph) to my congregation this morning (hope you don't mind). Keep up the pursuit of Him who called you.

Kris

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