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Thrown off course

Thrown off course

 ’They were all amazed at the mighty power of God...they wondered every one at all things which Jesus did’ (Luke 9:43)

Two words stand out in Luke’s account of the people’s reaction to the greatness of the Lord Jesus, as demonstrated in the healing of the demon-possessed boy: amazement and wonder.

The Greek word translated ’amazed’ literally means to ’throw off course.’ How appropriate! As they mused upon what they had witnessed they were happy to confess that this was not normal or routine. They had witnessed the ’mighty power of God’ and they were not afraid to admit it. In a moment of time, these unitarian Israelites had become acknowledgers of Jesus of Nazareth as the One true God.

This caused them to wonder at what He had done. The word ’wonder’ is variously translated but interestingly it is rendered ’admired’ in 2 Thessalonians 1:10 where again it is used of Christ, this time at His Second Coming.

Is this not what we are to do this morning in our remembrance of Him? We come to admire Him—His eternal person, His finished work, His current position—and we do so because He has ’thrown us off course.’ He has captivated our hearts, and we are glad.

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