31 May

Jesus was surprised

A reflection on the healing of the Roman Soldier’s servant in Luke chapter 7. 

Jesus was surprised

The Word, who’s seen all of history
Jesus, who saw the earth start,
saw the first sunrise, heard the first bird’s song
Jesus, who saw humanity fall, brother murder brother,
son betray mother, friends reject each other
Jesus was surprised?
Jesus was surprised?
I wasn’t expecting that.

Jesus was surprised

Jesus, who’s heart broke as sin ran rampant and God’s ways were abandoned
Jesus, who grieved as the world was covered with flood
Jesus, who has seen God’s infinite love rejected repeatedly by the people he had chosen
Jesus, who knew that love could beat hate, and death could be defeated…
Jesus was surprised?
Jesus was surprised?
I wasn’t expecting that.

Jesus was surprised.

Jesus who came to seek and save the lost
Jesus who loved from heaven to earth and as far as the cross
Jesus who knows our thoughts and our hearts.
Jesus was surprised?
Jesus was surprised?
I wasn’t expecting that.

Jesus was surprised

Jewish elders speaking up for a soldier
Like a red singing the praises of blues
Or a saint howling for the wolves
Jews sticking up for the Romans.
Now that is a surprise
That’s a big surprise
I wasn’t expecting that.
But it’s not what surprised Jesus.

Jesus was surprised

A soldier built a synagogue
A Roman helping the Jews serve God
Normally enemies but here; friends, with love.
That’s a big surprise
I wasn’t expecting that.
But it’s not what surprised Jesus.

Jesus was surprised

In all his earthly life No one had grasped it
Not Mary his mother
Not Peter his disciple
Not John his beloved
None of them could see
But with a heart of love
And the gift of faith
The soldier believed
With a faith not found elsewhere.
Jesus was surprised,
Jesus was surprised.
He wasn’t expecting that.
Jesus was surprised

A soldier with faith for a miracle
Knew he could not earn it
Knew he didn’t deserve it
But had faith that Jesus could do it.
Jesus was surprised,
Jesus was surprised.
He wasn’t expecting that.

Jesus was surprised.

The soldier’s request was not for himself
But a heartfelt plea for another
Faith stretched by compassion
Not comfort or desire
Jesus was surprised
Jesus was surprised
He wasn’t expecting that.

Jesus was surprised

God’s love so often rejected
God’s plan so rarely understood
God’s word so easily doubted
The soldier accepted, understood and trusted
Jesus was surprised
Jesus was surprised
He wasn’t expecting that.

Jesus was surprised

Faith in a word from the word
Hope trusting the power of a voice
A miracle by messenger
A glimpse of things to come
Jesus was surprised
Jesus was surprised
He wasn’t expecting that.

Jesus was surprised

The soldier practiced the plan for the future…
Faith in a word from the word?
Hope trusting the power of a voice?
A miracle by messenger?
How God works now!
The Roman was a prophet
A sign of things to come
Jesus was surprised
Jesus was surprised
He wasn’t expecting that.

We are the soldier pleading for a friend
We are the messenger seeking the miracle
We are the servant needing to be healed
We are the voice which speaks God’s word
We speak the healing words of the word.
We are a glimpse of God’s love
Who expected that!

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