Amazed by Jesus

Whitney Capps

Day: 5 | Plan: Luke

Today’s Reading: Luke 2:22-52

Luke 2:46-47 (NIV) “After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.”

Emojis or emoticons have become the visual standard for any range of feelings—sadness, surprise, anger, even jazz-hand happy. We press an icon and express a response. But I wonder if the ease of technology has dimmed our emotions.

Think about it. When was the last time you were genuinely amazed or astonished? When was the last time something truly took your breath away or nearly knocked you off your feet?

“Amazed” is the word Luke uses in today’s key verse. The teachers of the law who heard Jesus’ answers were amazed at Him. The Greek word actually means flabbergasted or knocked from a standing position. They couldn’t believe what they were hearing from Jesus.

We can breeze past this interaction because we think, well of course, He was God. There were no answers He didn’t have. But Jesus was a 12-year-old boy when this happened.

Perhaps when the carpenter’s Son sat down with the teachers, they assumed He was like most other pre-teen Jewish boys. Maybe He picked at the calluses on His hands. Or asked a million questions. Jesus might have looked perfectly normal, but He was completely unique.

When Jesus opened His mouth, it became clear there was something special about Him. This was just a prelude of what was to come.

Jesus’ life and ministry was defined by shattering people’s expectations and preconceived ideas about Him. Jesus was astonishing. When He spoke, people were amazed. When He asked questions, something would stir in their hearts. When He quoted the Law and the prophets, He spoke with authority. Yes, Jesus was and is astonishing.

Have we forgotten? Have we made Him more normal than unique? Have we gotten so used to His Words and ways that we have ceased being amazed by Him?

Maybe you’ve read the story of Jesus’ birth, ministry and death a hundred times. Maybe this is the first time you’re really reading it. Let’s study Luke together, seeking to be amazed by Jesus. He’s not like anyone we’ve ever known. He’s far more than meets the eye. I suspect He still enjoys shattering perceptions that limit who He really is. And if we let Him, Jesus will knock us off our feet onto our face in adoration.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You came to dwell with Your people. You left heaven to live here on this earth, far less than the throne You deserved. You experienced life like us, but you are so much more than we are. There is nothing normal about You. Re-astound me today. Astonish me all over again through Your Word. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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