This isn’t about what you may think. Of course Jesus is amazing, but this is about what amazed Jesus. I’m thoroughly amazed by Jesus, amazed by His grace, amazed by His love, but this is about us amazing Him. As I reread the story of the centurion soldier this week, I was absolutely blown away when I got to verse 9 of Luke chapter 7. The same account is given in Matthew 8, that when Jesus saw the faith of the centurion soldier asking for His servant to be healed, Jesus was amazed! I adore what the soldier says in the preceding verse. He essentially told Jesus that if he, being a roman soldier with just some authority, could give commands and have them followed, then surely all Jesus had to do was give a command and sickness would flee. He was saying: I don’t need You present before I believe Your power, Jesus! I have enough faith in the power of Your words, faith that if You would just speak from there, Jesus, Your word will not return to you void but will accomplish the purpose for which it was sent (Isaiah 55:11). This reminds me of the following Robert Murray McCheyne quote we have on our living room wall:
If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room,
I would not fear a million enemies.
Yet, distance makes no difference.
He is praying for me.
We need to get to this place of trusting God’s Word ~ over our fears, over our “facts,” over our five senses, even. We have an amazing Jesus doing amazing things, like ever-living to intercede for us (despite the distance), and yet, this same Jesus is amazed at OUR faith. I studied further and only found two instances wherein the bible states Jesus was amazed, both in reference to our faith. Once was depth of faith, shown by the centurion soldier, the other was lack of faith, specifically, unbelief demonstrated by people of His hometown to the point that He was unable to perform miracles (yet, He still healed). A friend also had me shouting that their unbelief couldn’t even override His healing hands, but I’ll leave that where it is for now.
All I know is that I’m no longer satisfied with my faith until it amazes an amazing God. I have no interest in my words or actions amazing anyone; I want my faith to amaze Jesus. You have an amazing Jesus and you’re capable of amazing Jesus with your faith. Amaze Him, not with your lack of faith, but with your depth of faith. If our faith can amaze Jesus, let’s start amazing Jesus!