Luke 7: 2 A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. 3 When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave. 4 When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy of having you do this for him, 5 for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.” 6 And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; 7 therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed…9 When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” 10 When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.
Glad to post today an entry from a lay leader in our congregation – Linda Maeshima. Shared here with permission…
When I read this, that Jesus was amazed, it reminded me of Jesus’ humanity. I often think that Jesus had the advantage, because he was also God. And being God he would know what was coming. He would be able to plan ahead and could have the upper hand. But in this story, he was amazed. Which tells me he didn’t always know what to expect. While he knew the end of his own story, as he often would foretell the disciples of his death and resurrection, I don’t think he always knew what was coming in his daily journey. Jesus would get up early in the morning to pray and trusted where his father led him.
I’m comforted knowing that Jesus was very human. That he is someone that I really can try to imitate. I too can pray, listen and trust where my Father leads me and be amazed.