Matthew 8:8-10 But the officer said, "Lord, I am not worthy to have You come into my home. Just say the word from where You are, and my servant will be healed. I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, 'Go,' and they go, or 'Come,' and they come. And if I say to my slaves, 'Do this,' they do it."
When Jesus heard this, He was amazed. Turning to those who were following Him, He said, "I tell you the truth, I haven't seen faith like this in all Israel!
Have you ever seen somebody step out in faith in a big way and you thought to yourself "are they crazy?" A lot of times people with incredible faith are viewed as clueless, people wonder if they have considered all of the information about their situation. We even try and reason with them about what they are doing and try to make them have less faith.
Jesus was approached by a Roman army officer about coming to his home to heal his daughter. Jesus was happy to continue traveling across town to the man's home but the officer refused to bother Jesus with the extra effort. The centurion told Jesus that as an officer he has the authority to make things happen, he must have believed that Jesus also had authority to make things happen, he also believed that Jesus could speak the word and the healing would take place without even seeing his daughter.
A Lot Of People Were Amazed By Jesus
The shepherds were amazed by Jesus when they visited his place of birth, John the Baptist was amazed that Jesus asked to be baptized, hundreds of people were amazed that they were healed and there are plenty of scriptures that tell us that the crowds were amazed at his teaching.
But we need to realize that it isn't enough to find Jesus amazing, there are plenty of amazing people in the history books, we need to dig deeper and see how he is more amazing than any other man. The question is what will you do about this amazing person? Will you have faith in his promises? Will you trust him with everything?
The Man That Amazed Jesus
Jesus was amazed by this guy, wouldn't it be cool to have someone say that about you? This guy deserved to get a t-shirt that says "I amazed Jesus." If you want to impress Jesus you won't do it with knowledge and it wasn't obedience, the only thing that is recorded in the Bible that amazed Jesus was big faith. Jesus wasn't amazed when people did the right thing and refused to sin and he didn't get excited that somebody kept a long list of rules. He is interested in our belief that he is trustworthy.
There are incredible displays of faith recorded in the Bible that are much bigger than the faith that the average church member in the United States seems to have. What would our lives look like if we really had big faith? Can you imagine how it would affect our church family?
I cannot wait to see how God will grow our faith at Grace Falls Church. I am anxious to hear about the things that you have experienced that have caused your faith in God to grow.
Join us for the next five weeks as we look at the things that God uses to grow our faith.