What amazed Jesus?‏

ImageSometimes it is the people who we’ve ‘written off’ our ‘most likely to succeed with God’ list who end up surprising us with energetic and exemplary demonstrations of faith. Time and time again Jesus encounters unexpected ‘living by faith’ incidents. In Luke 7 it is a Roman Centurion who has “greater faith than ever seen in all of Israel” . 

A Gentile with faith – surprise!

A Centurion with such concern and compassion for his servant – surprise!

A commendation by Jesus of such faith – surprise! 

We know of Jesus being amazed only twice: once here in Luke 7:9, for faith, and once in Mark 6:6 where his hometown family, friends, and neighbours display a lack of faith

So if Jesus made a visit to our town, our church, our home – what would amaze him?  Let’s hope it would be our faith! I have always loved Paul’s introduction to his letter to the Romans. He writes in Romans 1:8First, I thank God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.” 

So let’s do it people! Let’s LIVE BY FAITH.  (have you ever read Hebrews chapter 11?)

 What builds your faith? What tests your faith? I’d love to hear from you.


About dougjohns

Doug Johns retired from ministry in Canada to devote more time to international work. Right now he pastors part time at the International Baptist Church in Bielefeld, Germany. He is a graduate of York Univ. (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Doug is married to Yvonne and they have four grown children plus eight grandchildren. Doug has had significant experience as a Presbyterian Minister in Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and New Brunswick. He has served as Associate Pastor at West Congregational in Haverhill, Massachusetts; Doug is committed to international ministry in Romania; and he has taken leadership in Christian Camping as Executive Director of Camp Fireside, NH; Glen Mhor Presbyterian Camp, Ontario; Timberline Ranch, BC. .... avid baseball fan of the Toronto Blue Jays ... Managed American Legion Baseball Team out of Creston BC in North Idaho League. Doug is a serious runner with many international half-marathons completed over the last 6 years.
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