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Amazed and Heart Out

Chapter 7

Jesus on the centurion

I believe God has 3 messages for me in the story of the centurion and Jesus (Luke 7: 1-10).

1. Who I am to men doesn’t matter, but who I am to Him means much.

 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” So Jesus went with them

I believe even if that centurion didn’t do great things such as mentioned by the people, by His belief in Christ that He can heal his servant; Jesus will still go with him. Jesus never chooses the people He will heal, for He heals all those who come to Him in faith. What I do in front of different people doesn’t matter to God, for He knows my heart.  He knows where my faith is.

2. My religion can’t heal and saved me.

That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed.

50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

This verse has been part of my life since childhood; it is mentioned for a particular line in a Church service in a particular religion. But as I read God’s words today, I realized that I have come to memorize this line and it doesn’t make sense anymore. I didn’t even know that this line was actually taken in the Bible. All I know is that doing and saying this things as per my religion taught me cannot indeed heal me, but it was the faith of the centurion that did heal his servant; now I know that it will never be my religion that can save me but by my faith and my relationship to my one and only Savior.

3. I can amaze Jesus

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” 

Sometimes I thought of things that are amazing, and I love the thoughts that pop out. But reading this verse, I am amazed by Jesus’ amazement, for He was amazed by such great faith. I checked my heart if Jesus is amazed by my faith, I know that my faith is still growing, but I remember what Jesus said that even with a tiny seed of faith, it can move mountains. Indeed, I know and believe that I can amaze Jesus.

My prayer is that in all things that I do and by my growing faith, I can amaze Jesus more and more.

 

Jesus’ on the crying woman

11 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”

I believe this is God’s message for a crying baby in me. Indeed, Jesus is loving and compassionate. He sees my heart, He knows I am hurt, He knows my burdens, and He is hurt and burdened too. Jesus doesn’t want me to cry.

My prayer is that when I cry my heart out, I must be still and know that Jesus loves me, His heart is with me.

 

Jesus on John the Baptist

23 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.

These words from Jesus did encourage me to stay upright and walk in His path and never lose track. Many crossroads will emerge along the way, yet I fix my eyes on Him. There may be bumps along the road, but it doesn’t matter, I know I will reach my sweet destination – His arms.

In this world, people persecuted Christ; and as a Christian bearing His name, I can be persecuted too, people may not welcome me the way they did to Jesus, but Jesus endures and so I must too.

I shall/ will not stumble if my eyes are fixed on the path of His righteousness. The cross is heavy, but Jesus is with me; I may fall, but He will lift me up.

Jesus, let me be like John the Baptist who was born to prepare your way. Lord, use me to have your way for your second coming. 

 

Jesus on Forgiveness

47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

One of my favorite notes in T4V from our teacher, Pastor John, is this: “If you have experienced true forgiveness, it will be easy for you to forgive without effort.”

Yes, forgiveness is costly but having been forgiven much, forgiving becomes easy. Knowing that Jesus has forgiven from my biggest sins, dirtiest deeds, and foolish acts; who I am now that I can’t forgive others?

Lord, thank you for the forgiveness in Christ. I know and believe that I have been loved to love and I am forgiven to forgive.

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