By Shane Kastler
The Bible is clear in its teaching that Jesus is divine. While being “human” in the sense that he was “born of woman” he was also “God” having God as his father. Joseph might have raised Jesus in his household, but Joseph was not the biological father of Jesus. Mary conceived while still a virgin. It was a miracle.
As Immanuel (which means God with us); Jesus knew more than other people knew. Sometimes he displayed a supernatural knowledge of people and events. But the Bible also speaks of him taking on limitations during his earthly life. It might surprise you to know that the Bible speaks of a time when Jesus was amazed. When Jesus was emotionally jolted. When Jesus marveled.
A Roman solider came to Jesus and asked for him to heal his servant. Jesus said he was willing to grant the request and started to go with the soldier to his house. What the soldier said next, made Jesus marvel. “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also 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 when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel.” (Matthew 8:8-10 NASB)
Jesus said the soldier’s faith exceeded anything he had seen “in all Israel.” In other words, the Jews who had the Old Testament scriptures largely rejected Jesus. While this gentile soldier openly expressed faith in Christ. Many people were amazed that Jesus could heal the sick, but some of them simply treated him as a magician. The Roman soldier recognized Jesus’s authority as the Son of God. And what’s more, the soldier recognized his own unworthiness.
Do you perceive who Jesus really is? And are you painfully aware of your own shortcomings? All of us are sinners, but many of us think our sin is “no big deal.” In reality, our sin means we deserve the wrath of God to be poured out upon us in eternal Hell. Yet those who know and love the Lord don’t receive the wrath they deserve. In Christ there is forgiveness. In Christ there is eternal life. The Roman soldier recognized Jesus’s authority and Jesus marveled. Do you have the kind of faith that would make Jesus marvel?
Seek the Lord while he may be found. Ask the Lord to give you a heart of unshakeable faith. Then rest in the One who is the only One who can save. Jesus marveled at the soldier’s faith. Let us now marvel at Christ.