What comes to your mind when you think of something that once you see it, experience it, hear of it or feel it, you think, or even say, AMAZING! Maybe it’s that view of those beautiful mountains topped with a dusting of snow. What about that incredible sunset, or for those morning people, that stunning sunrise. (By the way, if you have rarely seen a sunrise, try it someday. It is awe-inspiring, or amazing.) Anyway, there is so much we would classify as amazing; an unbelievable accomplishment, an athletic venture or a daring feat, an astonishing musical performance, any other extraordinary artistic expression, as well those with mind-boggling intelligence or wisdom. Then there is that friend who is just always there for you, that spouse or special someone who will get all ‘duded up’ (don’t know if that’s a real word, but you know when someone gets all dressed up, does the hair just right, wears some fancy clothes with a few accessories, and “fufu” aka-perfume/cologne…you know all duded up) and they look amazing. Or maybe it’s the birth of a baby, a first kiss, your mom’s meatloaf…we all have people, moments, experiences, places, scenes, times that are amazing.
I know for many of you this is the exact word that comes to mind when you think of our Lord and Savior Jesus The Christ. In the words of SM Lockridge:
He’s enduringly strong. He’s entirely sincere. He’s eternally steadfast. He’s immortally graceful. He’s imperially powerful. He’s impartially merciful. That’s my King. He’s God’s Son. He’s the sinner’s savior. He’s the centerpiece of civilization. He stands alone in Himself. He’s honest. He’s unique. He’s unparalleled. He’s unprecedented. He’s supreme. He’s pre-eminent. He’s the grandest idea in literature. He’s the highest personality in philosophy. He’s the supreme problem in higher criticism. He’s the fundamental doctrine of historic theology. He’s the carnal necessity of spiritual religion. That’s my King.
Jesus is amazing! Like the time He turned water into wine (John 2:1-11 and yes, take a moment to read this). Jesus amazingly blesses these people with an abundance of the best, and He does that with us:
Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him (that’s Jesus) who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us…
I don’t know about you, but I can imagine A LOT! Yes, Jesus does what He did at that wedding in Cana and blesses us with the best. Jesus is amazing.
Jesus is amazing! Like the time He healed the leper (Luke 5:12-16) when Jesus amazingly healed the most difficult and shameful disease, not running from it but reaching out and touching the untouchable, and He does that with us…
Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
A love so AMAZING that it touches the likes of me and the likes of you. I know my sin, I know the willful disobedience and sin I have done, yet Jesus, the perfect incredible Son of God, Creator, The Bread of Life, The Holy One would love the likes of me. I am in awe, not I am undone. I don’t get it, I am tearfully amazed. Jesus is amazing!
Jesus is amazing like when He raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11:1-57…you have got to reread this story!!). Jesus amazes everyone and does the impossible, and He can do the same for us.
Matthew 17:20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
It is to have great faith in the amazing Jesus that makes all the difference in the world. Like when Jesus was amazed at the Centurion (Luke 2:2-3, 6-7). Jesus was amazed at one who you think would not have faith in God or Jesus, yet this Centurion had amazing faith because he believed in the Amazing One Jesus who-can-do-anything!!!
Oh and I could go on and on listing those extraordinary encounters, so do read and reread them. Read through the Gospels; Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and reread those stories, and be amazed at Jesus; who He is, what He has done, and who He is to you.
That will prepare you to enjoy and experience our amazing Savior and Lord this Easter season. I encourage you to plan to be at your church, and if you don’t have a church, find one. If you are in Cypress, CA, attend our church. We have a wonderful week planned
April 1st – 9 & 10:30 a.m. – Palm Sunday
April 5th – 7 p.m. – Maundy Thursday
April 6th – 7 p.m. – Good Friday
April 7th – 4, 5 & 6 p.m. – Holy Saturday
April 8th – 8, 9:30 & 10 a.m. – Easter Sunday
God bless you as you continue to discover our amazing Lord, it will make your day. I know it has mine.
Being Amazed with You as we Enjoy Jesus,