Saturday, July 03, 2010

Amaze Jesus

Is it possible to 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?
After he had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. Now a centurion had a servant who was sick and at the point of death, who was highly valued by him. When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us our synagogue.”  And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. Therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed. For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”  And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the servant well (Luke 7:1-10; ESV; emphasis added).

Jesus is amazed by our faith. Jesus is does not marvel at a simple belief that He exists and that He rose from the dead, but He is amazed at 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. It was the centurion’s trust in Jesus and His power that 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 and it seems like it can all be explained without believing in a Grand Designer.

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. It is possible to have real emotional or spiritual experiences that  seem to add meaning to our lives.

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 and ignorance of such thinking!

To put our faith in Jesus is not the  rational or reasonable thing to do according to the standards of 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 and therefore had no reason to hope for the 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 in order to put our faith in Him.

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