Jesus Marveled


As Christians learn more about Jesus you learn what He likes and dis-likes; what makes Him happy and Sad. To have a better understanding about Jesus we need to look at His life personally. To see what emotions that Jesus felt. Only then can we really believe and trust that our Saviour really does understand what we are going through.

Phi 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

Jesus wept – John 11:35 – over Lazarus death.

He had compassion – Matt 14:14, Matt 15:32, Matt 20:34, Mk 1:41 – When He fed and taught the multitudes and when He healed the blind.

He was angered – Matt 21:13 – When He came to Jerusalem to see the temple being used as a market place instead of a house of prayer.

He was angered and grieved – Mark 3:5 – From the hardness of the Jews heart when He chose to heal on the Sabbath.

He had displeasure – Mark 10:14 – When the disciples tried to keep the children from coming to Him.

He was glad – John 11:15 – When He received an opportunity to show His power over death.

He Rejoiced – Luke 10:21 – That the Father had hid His knowledge from the wise and revealed it unto babes.

He felt disappointment – Mark 11:13 – When He gladly came to the fig tree and then found it with no fruit.

He loved – John 13:34, John 14:23, John 14:31 – His disciples and told them that they will be known to the world if they love one another as He has loved them.

He has peace – John 14:27 – Which He extends to the believer

He has joy – John 15:11 – Which He extends to the believer.

Eph 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 

Each of the emotions listed can be seen from both the perspective of the Saviour to the people, and the people to the Saviour. But the emotion we are going to focus on in this text is…”They Marveled”

  • To marvel means – To wonder, to admire, have in admiration, to look closely at.

Many Marveled for different reasons at Jesus, whether because of His doctrine or miracles, or even simply because of His presence.

The men on the ship tossed from the sea marveled when Jesus calmed the storm – Matt 8:27.

The multitudes marveled when Jesus healed the man sick with palsy – Matt 9:8, and when he cast out devils Matt 9:33,

The disciples marveled to see Him wither away the barren fig tree – Matt 21:20,

The disciples marveled to see Jesus talking with the woman at the well – John 4:27

The Pharisees marveled when Jesus told the herodians to render tribute unto Caesar – Matt 22:22, Mk 12:17, Luke 20:26

The Pharisees marveled when Jesus did not first wash before dinner – Luke 11:38

Pilate marveled when Jesus would not answer the accusation – Matt 27:14 and Mark 15:5.

Joseph and Mary marveled when they were told of the great things that Jesus would do – Luke 2:33  

The Jews marveled at Jesus teaching because they perceived that He was uneducated – John 7:15

Jesus Himself marveled.  We are going to look at two instances where it states that Jesus Marveled.  As we look at these passages we begin to see into the heart of Jesus when dealing with faith. 

  • Remember to marvel means – To wonder, to admire, have in admiration, to look closely at.

1.  Jesus Marveled at the Faith of the Gentile Centurion

Lu 7:2      And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die.


Lu 7:9      When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

Jesus marveled when confronted by a man who was not a Jew, would by faith ask for healing of his servant.

2.  Jesus marvel at the lack of Faith of His own people.

Mark 6:1 And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.

Mk 6:2     And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?

3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.

4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.

And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.

And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

Jesus marveled because here was a people that He came to seek and to save.  Their hearts so cold with unbelief that Jesus could do no mighty work there.

John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

  • Jesus still seeks to do a great work; only with us, either in us or through us. 
  • A great work that has been done for us is Salvation…

1John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

  • This great work comes at no cost to us, no strings attached…

1Corinthians 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

  • Those that have trusted Jesus with their Salvation know how wonderful it is to be forgiven. 

In these Bible passages we have seen the emotions felt by Jesus; it is so important to see Jesus personally because we need to know that we have a Saviour that we can pray to and trust that He understands what we are going through, because He’s been there.    

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

  • Christians often marvel because understanding and receiving Jesus Christ is so simple, yet people still reject the truth.
  • Jesus marveled because of their unbelief. 
  • They were offended at Him.
  • So shallow to see Him as just a man and not their Saviour.
  • If you do not know Jesus you still have time, to accept Him by faith as the Centurian did.

2 Corinthians 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)