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When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works? (Matthew 13:54)
And when the multitudes heard this, they were astonished at His teaching. (Matthew 22:33)
And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. (Mark 1:22)
And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! (Mark 6:2)
And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.” (Mark 7:37)
And the scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy Him; for they feared Him, because all the people were astonished at His teaching. (Mark 11:18)
And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. (Luke 2:47)
What does it mean to be astonished? The Dictionary defines “Astonished” as, “filled with the emotional impact of overwhelming surprise or shock” What happens when we are filled with the emotional impact of overwhelming surprise or shock? We generally become very quiet or silent.
Jesus caused everyone to be astonished!
Not just the few. The people, multitudes, many, all who heard even His enemies were astonished at the things that Jesus said. Want to know what was astonishing? “Now it happened on one of those days, as He taught the people in the temple and preached the gospel, that the chief priests and the scribes, together with the elders, confronted Him and spoke to Him, saying, “Tell us, by what authority are You doing these things? Or who is he who gave You this authority?” (Luke 20:1-2 NKJV). Jesus then asks them a question if they answer Him He will answer them. They decide that no matter how they answer it will look bad for them so they refuse to give Jesus an answer or they are silent to Him. But it is not over yet, “So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor. (Luke 20:20 NKJV) This group wants to trap Jesus about the paying of taxes, here’s what happens after Jesus gives His response, “But they could not catch Him in His words in the presence of the people. And they marveled at His answer and kept silent. (Luke 20:26 NKJV) They marveled, or were astonished and were silent! Next come the Sadducees, “Then some of the Sadducees, who deny that there is a resurrection, came to Him and asked Him, (Luke 20:27 NKJV). So they ask Jesus this really drawn out question and what happens after He provides them a response? “But after that they dared not question Him anymore. (Luke 20:40 NKJV) More silence. Even His enemies were astonished by Jesus.
Child of God – What caused all this astonishment? The words of Jesus! Want to know why? “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1 NKJV), And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14 NKJV). Why aren’t we astonished anymore when we read the Bible? Because we have lost the glory and the grace and the truth. We really need to understand that the words of the Bible aren’t any old words they are God’s words and as such are full of life, liberty and meaning. When we read or hear what Jesus did or said we should be astonished, be silent or go, “wow!” even though we have heard or read the story a million times. Let us have the Word of God come alive for us again, make us alive in Jesus and astonish us.
Lord, let your Holy Spirit give us again the light upon your word that will bring to us the sense of your glory and grace and the truth to walk in it. The wisdom to use words wisely and a glance of your greatness that will bring the WOW! out of our very hearts! Amen.
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