Wouldn't it be amazing to have Jesus marvel over your faith?
Wouldn't it be lousy if He was amazed by your lack of faith?
Both of those reactions happened in these two portions of Scripture. Would it be helpful to know the difference?
It makes a huge difference whether your faith lives in your memory or in the moment!
Having looked at the positive side of this story with the Centurion, shall we examine the negative response from the hometown bunch? What caused them to flunk the test of faith?
I think they were trapped in an old paradigm in their ideas about Jesus - "Where did this man get all this? What is the wisdom given to him? What mighty works are wrought by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?”
While they were astonished by the wisdom of His teaching and amazed by the testimonies of His miracles, they couldn't reconcile what they heard from Him and about Him with the image they had of him as a local guy.
Because they were trapped in a previous paradigm of Who Jesus had been they couldn't reconcile the reality of Who He is with their recollection of Who they remembered Him to be. So, they clung to the familiar past rather than conjure fresh faith.
Is your faith stuck in the past? Are there any previous paradigms that hinder you from knowing Jesus in the now?
What God has done for you in the past is significant and worthy of praise! His provision in the past can help you trust His promises for today, but faith must be expressed in the moment not in your memory!