October 23, 2020

Mark 12:15-17

And he said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said to him, “Caesar’s.” Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at him.


The last sentence of many Gospel passages is often easy to skip over. But every word of Scripture is worth a second look, and especially the last line of our passage today:  

“And they marveled at him.”  

Have you ever noticed how often Jesus absolutely astounds the people he’s interacting with?


“…the crowds were astonished at his teaching…” (Matt 7:28)

“Fear seized them all, and they glorified God…”  (John 7:46)

“And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe…”  (Luke 5:26)


Astonishment. Fear. Amazement. Awe. Do you ever experience these when you think about God, or when you pray? Has God ever astounded you? When was the last time you marveled at Him, or at what He’s done in your life?  

In this crazy, broken world we can get so wrapped up in our daily lives, in our personal happenings or in the issues of the day. Politics! Pandemic! Latest news! Money uncertainty! It’s enough to overwhelm any of us, but that’s exactly why we need awe. We need astonishment. We need amazement at the wonder of our truly wonderful God, who walks right by our side in the midst of this crazy, broken world. We need to see Him like the blazing lighthouse in a storm that He is, like the Savior we never deserved.

Ask God today to give you a renewed vision of His greatness, His astounding character, and His depth of love for you, and for all of us. Ask Him to astonish you! He may answer in a way you would never expect.

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