And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well.” (Mark 7:37)

Someone once said, “A discerning eye needs only a hint; and an understatement leaves the imagination free to build its own elaborations.” The first followers of Jesus had that discerning eye, and bit by bit they slowly realized they were in the presence of a truly extraordinary man. Eventually, walking with Jesus and watching Him in action,  they came to a place where they were astonished beyond measure.

In his Gospel, Mark builds the case very deliberately. First he tells us, “Everyone was amazed at his teaching”(ch.1:22). A few chapters later he says, “they all marveled at His words”(ch.5:20). And then once again Mark adds that “many hearing Him were astonished, saying, ‘Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands!’(ch.6:2).

Amazed, marveling, and astonished — doesn’t that pretty much describe how you feel about Jesus? Yeah, me too! Indeed, all who are followers of Jesus today can equally attest to our own increasing astonishment over His boundless ability to continually astonish us. Hey, it’s not called “amazing grace” for no reason!ll!” Talk about an understatement that leaves our imagination free to build its own elaborations — there you have it!          James Ryle, edited

Mark 1:22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: . . .

Mark 5:20 . . . and all men did marvel.

Mark 6:2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, . . .

Mark 7:37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.

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