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Jesus marveled

People have marveled over the wonders of the world and the greatness of our God for millennia. The New Testament speaks of multitudes of people who marveled over the miracles and teachings of Jesus. Even Jesus’ disciples and men of great authority and position marveled at Jesus. In fact, there are more than two dozen accounts in the New Testament about people marveling at Jesus.

But did you know there are only two accounts in the bible in which Jesus marveled? And both of them were for completely opposite reasons.

Great faith

In the eight chapter of Matthew, we find the story of a Centurion who pleaded with Jesus to heal his servant who was lying at home and dying. When Jesus offered to come to his home, the Centurion told Jesus that he was not worthy to have Jesus enter his house and simply requested that Jesus just say the word and his servant would be healed.

Jesus marveled at the man’s great faith and proclaimed to the crowd that followed Him that He had not found such great faith in all of Israel. This is particularly interesting because the Centurion was a Gentile.

The result of this man’s great faith is that his servant was healed that very hour. Oh, that we would have such great faith in our lives. Just think of the amazing things we could accomplish for the kingdom of God.

Great lack of faith

The sixth chapter of Mark tells the story of how Jesus was rejected in Nazareth, the very part of Israel where He had grown up. Not only was He rejected by the people who knew Him as a child but even by many of His own relatives.

What I find truly amazing is that these people rejected Jesus, even though they were astonished with His teaching in the synagogue and they knew full well that He has not been tutored by any rabbi. They didn’t understand where He had gained such great wisdom and understanding of the scriptures.

But that’s not all. They also rejected Him after multitudes of people witnessed Jesus healing many people, including lepers and a paralytic. He even raised a young child from the dead! They also knew that He had casted out many demons and they probably even heard that He had calmed the storm over the sea.

And yet they rejected Him.

But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country,
among his own relatives, and in his own house.”
Mark 6:4

Because of their lack of faith, Jesus did not do the mighty works among them as He did in other places. How sad that His own countrymen and relatives missed out on a great blessing that could have been theirs, if only they had believed that Jesus was who He claimed to be.

Wouldn’t you prefer that Jesus marvel over your great faith rather than your lack of it? I think we would all do well to ask God to increase our faith.

Recommended reading

Matthew 8:5-13

Mark 6:1-6

I first professed my belief in Jesus as the Son of God and accepted Him as my Savior more than 40 years ago. Since that day, I’ve never doubted that Jesus is who He claims to be. However, that belief didn’t keep me from living my life on my own terms for several years, which resulted in repeating the same sins over and over. In 2013, I became determined to make Jesus the Lord of my life. It was then that the Holy Spirit gave me an insatiable appetite for God’s word. As I turned more and more of my life over to Jesus and cooperated with the Holy Spirit, He has helped me break free of the sins that once enslaved me. Since then, I’ve been strongly compelled to share God’s word and to warn others that we need to get ready because Jesus is coming soon.

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