The word astonished means – to strike with sudden and usually great wonder or surprise. Synonyms for astonished are amaze, surprise, astound, bowl over, dumbfound, flabbergast, floor, rock, shock, startle, stun. I think you get the idea.
The word afraid means – to be filled with fear or apprehension, or filled with concern or regret over an unwanted situation.
I think everyone of us is faced everyday with those two things as we follow Jesus. We can choose to be astonished or we can be afraid. We can be filled with wonder or surprise and embrace this journey called life or be afraid of the economy, the global warming, or just about anything. Both groups of people were following Jesus, but both had different feelings. What made one follow in amazement and the other in fear? I’ve been pondering this and I think the answer is in how we see Jesus.
|Drawing by W.E. Hill, 1915 (public domain due to expired copyright).|