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Amazing the Amazing One
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister, Covenant Community Church on Sep 7, 2003, 17:11
Passage(s): Matt. 7:28-29, Matt. 15:29-31, Mark 6:1-6, Luke 7:1-10
Topic(s): Jesus, Amazement, Faith

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Entrance Ramps:
In motion with momentum

Main Points:
1. The connection is seen in his calling (v. 1)
2. The connection is heard in his message (v. 2)
3. The connection is clear in his relationship (v. 3-4)
4. The connection is obvious in his task (v. 5-7)
 

Passage:
Matt 7:28-29
28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching,
29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
(NIV)

Matt 15:29-31
29 Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down.
30 Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them.
31 The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.
(NIV)

Mark 6:1-6
1 Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples.
2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. "Where did this man get these things?" they asked. "What's this wisdom that has been given him, that he even does miracles!
3 Isn't this the carpenter? Isn't this Mary's son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him.
4 Jesus said to them, "Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor."
5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them.
6 And he was amazed at their lack of faith. Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village.
(NIV)

Luke 7:1-10
1 When Jesus had finished saying all this in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum.
2 There a centurion's servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die.
3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant.
4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, "This man deserves to have you do this,
5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue."
6 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.
7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed.
8 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."
9 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.
(NIV)

Next Step:
The Greek word for "amazed" here is ?, which comes from the prefix ? - "out of" - and ?? - "to stand" - literally, to stand outside of oneself. Its very similar to our phrase, "he was beside himself," and it has the idea of jumping out of your skin, to be astonished.

If Jesus is "God in Flesh Appearing" we should be amazed, and the sad thing is that we so easily lose the sense of wonder that is essential to genuine worship. We need to mean it with our hearts when we say, "I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene."

What could be more terrible than to amaze the Son of God with ones lack of faith?

But what could be more wonderful than to amaze him with ones faith? This centurion had amazing faith!

Why was Jesus so amazed?

The mans background. He was an uncircumcised Gentile, raised without the benefits of the covenant, without the glorious synagogue tradition, without the Scriptures that were the lot of every Jewish child raised in a devout home

The mans occupation. He was a soldier, an instrument of the oppressive pagan establishment. As an officer, he wielded considerable power. He was not the kind to naturally come to Christ in humble, amazing faith. But he did!

The mans certainty. The certitude of his faith was expressed in stark simplicity: "But say the word, and my servant will be healed" (Luke 7:7b). This was the dynamic dual certainty of faith given in Hebrews 11:1 - future certainty: "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for" - and also visual certainty: "and certain of what we do not see." The Roman saw Christs invisible spiritual power, and he saw his servant as being made whole by Christs word. Amazing! His faith was like that of Noah and Abraham and Moses.

Here, for all to see, are the fundamental perspectives of a faith that pleases God - it sees itself, and it sees God. Such faith is transcultural - it is the same for Jews and Gentiles. And it transcends time - it is a spiritual reality then and now.

Ask Yourself... Is the Lord Jesus amazed at your faith today in spite of the difficulties youre facing, or is He amazed at your lack of faith in spite of the promises Hes given? Whats bothering you today? Are you trusting Him? Are you resting in His promises? Trust Him fully today. Hell be amazed, and so will you.

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