4.05.2016

Be Amaze Worthy


Did you know it is possible to amaze Jesus?

Yes the son of God, supernatural to human, died on a cross then rose again for our sins, Jesus.

I have been reading Sandcastle Kings by Rich Wilkerson, Jr. which has the tagline "Meeting Jesus in a Spiritually Bankrupt World". Don't ask me why I wanted it because I honestly couldn't tell you. Last semester I was scrolling through Insta and saw that Clayton Jennings (attractive evangelist) was reading it and I fell in love with the cover. I sent a snapshot to my roommate then forgot about it. A few months later she gifted it to me for my Birthday. (Thank you Lindsey) Anyway, I just started reading it and it was taking a bit to get into it, at least until the third chapter. It is titled How to amaze Jesus.

That's when I was the one who was amazed.

The first three chapters of this book have been analyzing Luke 7:1-10. Every chapter it dissects the actions and words of Jesus. To get the full impact read the beginning of Luke chapter 7 in NIV.

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"1 When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, 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.”10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well."
(I give you the full section because I don't want anything to be taken out of context.)
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The Centurion feels so undeserving that he sent elders from the church to ask for Jesus' help, not for himself, but for his servant. When Jesus was almost to his home the centurion sent friends to tell Jesus that he is not worthy of His help. The centurion respected authority and expected the same from his servants. This is why he sent the second interceder to Jesus to tell him not to come because he recognized Jesus' power. Jesus came to help this Gentile not because he asked through the use of respected authority, but because of his humility.

Through his words, the centurion was acting and treating Jesus as if He was exactly who He was claiming He was. The centurion revoked his request because he knew Jesus had to be associated with God because of His ability to heal and manipulate creation. Jesus' had a reputation that spread far and wide during this time. The centurion had faith that Jesus was who He said He was.

Jesus listened to the friend's words, which were explaining his position of authority and respect.
Then Jesus said something.
He said He was amazed. He said, "I tell you, I have not found such great faith in Israel". The centurion sent for Jesus, a person claiming to be the Messiah who had a reputation, to come into his home and heal his servant. He had faith in Jesus.

So Jesus recognized this and He healed the servant with just His words.

Did you know there is only one other account in the Bible where Jesus is amazed?

Read Mark 6:1-6

Jesus had just returned to Nazareth (His hometown) and he began teaching in the synagog on the Sabbath. Many who were listening began to doubt Jesus by asking all questions to one another doubting who He said He was. "Where did this man get these things?" "Where did He get His wisdom?" All these people in his hometown just reject Jesus and His words all together.

Mark 6:6 "He was amazed at their lack of faith."

See a trend. The only two times in ALL of Scripture Jesus says He is amazed is when either great faith astounds Him or the lack of faith wounds Him.

Sandcastle Kings does an excellent job at explaining faith so I am just going to quote the book. "Simply put, faith means trusting without necessarily fully understanding." (go read the book)

What does faith look like in your life right now? It could be in the simple little things in the everyday life or it could be one HUGE decision that could change everything.
I just want to encourage you to "Be Amaze Worthy" in Jesus' eyes. 

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