John 7: 15, ‘And the Jews marvelled, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?
Biblical reactions are just the truth. The Bible says the Jews marvelled. What does it mean to marvel? It means to be filled with wonder or astonishment. Its synonyms include; stand in awe, dumbfounded and flabbergasted.
Jesus never ceased to surprise the people in the Bible. But what are Christians doing today, living a life of routine. We’re not “flabbergast-ering” anyone. We’re just here on this earth living normal. Jesus hadn’t gone to Harvard or Princeton. In fact he hadn’t even been to secondary much less primary school. But from the age of 12 (Luke 2: 46 – 47), he was schooling professors of scriptures. Scribes who had dedicated their lives to reading the scripture. Yet, this little child had something they had to learn from Him.
This same spirit that caused Jesus to do these jaw dropping feats is what we have on the inside of us as Christians (Romans 8:11). The Bible says we have not received the spirit of fear and this is true. Do you know of any place in the Bible where it was recorded, ‘and Jesus was scared to speak to the crowd because the Pharisees were out to get Him’? Not one place. In fact, if anything, this people spurred Him on.
He was not going to be deterred by whatever gimmicks they came up with. He knew who He was, He knew why He was on earth and He knew time wasn’t on His side. That’s the same attitude we are to have towards our great commission. Go into all the world and preach the Gospel. We should know whose we are in the face of oppression. We should know the purpose for why we have been deposited on this earth and we should definitely know that time is not on our side. Just like our Lord said, we must work the work of Him that sent us while it is day (John 9:4).