Things Jesus Marveled At
And There Ain’t No
by Pastor John Hamel
“And when Jesus was
entered into Capernaum, there came unto
him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying,
Lord, my servant lies at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
…Jesus said unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion
answered…Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest
come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be
healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and
I say to this man, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and
to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he
MARVELED, and said … I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.” (Matthew 8:5-10)
One day a Roman
soldier approached Jesus. He had a servant whom he loved who was
terribly sick. The soldier besought Jesus’ miracle touch on his
behalf. Now, Romans weren’t known for having faith in Jesus or any of the Hebrew Prophets.
However, this man was quite different than most of his peers.
When Jesus offered
to walk to his home and heal his servant, the man replied, in essence, “Oh,
no, Lord. Save yourself a trip. I think I know how faith works. Tell me if I’m correct.
I have men under me who obey me because Caesar has given me authority over
them. If they disobey me, retribution will come from Caesar, not
me. I figure faith works the same way.
"You get Your authority
from God. The demons that made my servant sick are
under You. They must obey You or retribution will come from Your
Father, to Whom You submit. So save yourself a trip. Give the
faith command right here. There’s apparently no distance in the
spirit realm. The demons will obey You or
‘heads will roll,’ so to speak! Am I right or what?”
Jesus was amazed
and “marveled” at this “outsider’s” understanding of how faith works and
said so! He actually said that it was one of the most accurate
interpretations of faith principles that He had ever heard.
You can believe like this man believed.
You can see the miraculous as well. That man’s servant was miles away
from Jesus, yet he was healed within the hour. All because his Boss
simply released his faith in Jesus’ miracle working
There is another
place in the Bible where Jesus “marveled” as well. One day He
returned to His hometown and held a meeting in the local Synagogue.
The “locals” were offended by both His wisdom and His miracles and said
so. “Who does He think He is? We knew Him as a boy when he and
his friends were having olive fights in the vineyards!” They rejected
His Deity because of His humanity. Their unbelief limited what this
Miracle Worker could do for them. The Bible says so in Mark, chapter
Vss.5,6 “And he could there do no mighty work, save that
he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And He MARVELED
because of their unbelief …”
I would like to ask
you a question. Is Jesus marveling at your faith or your unbelief
today? You either believe His claims to Deity and the miracles that
back Him up or you don’t!
Bob Dylan, in his wonderful Bible song,
“Slow Train Coming”, said so succinctly, “You either got faith or you got
unbelief and there ain’t no neutral ground!”
says, “Jesus, You’re my choice as Savior, Liberator, Deliverer and Healer”
He MARVELS at their faith. (Romans 10:13)
says, “Sorry, I don’t buy it” He MARVELS at their unbelief. Unbelief
severely limits His ability to help folks.
Faith, on the other
hand, unleashes ALL of Heaven’s resources! (Hebrews 11:6)
... John and Barbara Hamel
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