When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!”
These days it is easy to be amazed. With access to videos from all over the world via the Internet, we see things we have never seen before in all realms of life: science, sports, nature, even dogs riding skateboards and surfboards. “Wow, that’s amazing!” has become a cliché—but only because it’s most often true. We do live in an amazing world.
What do you think amazed Jesus? While there are many instances in the four Gospels of people being amazed at Jesus’ words and works, there are only two times when we read of Jesus being amazed at something (or “marveling” at something). Both times, He was amazed at faith—once when He found it where He least expected it (Luke 7:9) and once where He didn’t find it when He most expected it (Mark 6:6). Faith, or its absence, is apparently a subject of amazement to Jesus. He works in its presence (Luke 7) and doesn’t work in its absence (Mark 6).
If you want to amaze Jesus and commend yourself to Him, pray with great faith. After all, without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
Faith is to believe what we cannot see, and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.