Monday, January 20, 2014

Remarkable things

They were all struck with astonishment and began glorifying God; and they were filled with fear, saying, "We have seen remarkable things today." (Luke 5:26 NASB)

Their statement, "We have seen remarkable things" seems like the height of understatement doesn't it? Four men came in from the roof door carrying a stretcher on which lay a paralyzed man. Jesus spoke a few words and up he came, grabbed the stretcher and headed out, praising God all the way out the door. There's no doubt it was, at the least, remarkable. The word used here and translated as "remarkable things" is paradoxos and indicates that what they had seen was not at all what they had expected. Jesus was not at all what, nor who, they had expected, either. 

We all come to Jesus with preconceived ideas gathered everywhere from childhood Sunday School classes to popular media. It is only when we meet Him for ourselves, experience His cleansing power first hand, that we truly understand Who He is     

Today, pray that we and our loved ones will abandon those preconceived notions about Jesus and come to Him as a little child. Pray that we will see Him as He really is - Suffering Servant, Spotless Lamb, Coming King, Great Physician - and glorify God because of the change that is wrought.