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What Amazes God


Mark 6: 1-6

When you read about the life of Christ …you are going to read about some pretty amazing things.

But have you ever wondered what it is that “amazes” Christ?

Well, today we are going to find out…and I can tell you right now that what amazed Jesus in the passages that we are going to look at… still, literally amazes Him today.

Let’s see what it is that amazes God. Mark 6.

As you look at this story found here in Mark 6, Jesus goes to His home town and His disciples are with Him.

Well, Jesus did.

So, here He is, He comes back accompanied by His disciples.

But, if you look down at the end of verse 3 you find that the people “take offense at Him.”

Now, why would they react this way?

The reason they were so offended by Jesus is because His credentials didn’t add up!

So, what you have here is a situation where those who thought they knew Him best, were the most ignorant of who He really was.

Now, notice verse 6. Vs. 6 says that Jesus “wondered” or “marveled”…or was “amazed” at their unbelief.”

And do you know what the basis of their unbelief is?

And don’t people do the same thing today…perhaps some here this morning?

And not only does human reasoning cause us to not believe in the power of Jesus…but it also causes us to not believe what He taught.

And that is true for some here today.

Human reasoning and wisdom gets us into trouble every time.

And look at what happened in verse 5:  “He could do no miracles there except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.”

Now, as far as I know, there is only one other time in the gospels where Jesus was “amazed.”

Now, here in chapter 7 a “centurion’s slave is sick and about to die.”

So, Jesus goes with them and just before He gets to the house, the centurion sends some friends to Jesus with a message, and look what he says in vs. 6.

“Lord, do not trouble Yourself further, for I am not worthy for You to come under my roof; 7 for this reason I did not even consider myself worthy to come to You, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 “For I, too, am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.”

Now, verses 9-10. Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled at him, and turned and said to the multitude that was following Him, “I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith.”  10 And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

Now, there are only two times in scripture where Jesus was amazed and look at the difference.

This Roman soldier could get in serious trouble for what he does here! He could get in trouble with the Roman government as well as the Jewish elders.

How do you account for that?

Well I think there are two things that account for his faith.

And the second thing that accounted for this man’s amazing faith is found in vs. 8:

And so, Jesus is amazed at his faith.

Now, there is a conclusion from both stories that I want to share with you today and that is simply this: The reaction of men to Christ is a source of constant amazement.

 You think about it.

And then there are others.

The reaction of men to Christ is a source of constant amazement.

And that is true of each one of us today.

But then again it may be that someone will amaze God by admitting that Jesus is Lord and obey Him? And seek after Him? Honor Him? Trust in Him? Even though you have only heard of Him.

One way or another you will amaze Him. Won’t you come….