When the aged and godly Simeon saw Jesus as a baby, he rejoiced and prophesied about Jesus' future saying that He would be a light for the Gentiles and the glory of Israel. Mary and Joseph marveled! That is, they had a mouth dropping moment because Simeon had been told by God that he would not die until he had seen the Messiah with his own eyes... and now he had! 'What would this baby become?' they would have thought!
A storm on the sea of Galilee caused great waves to batter the disciples' boat. As the disciples cried out in great fear, thinking this was the end, Jesus came and simply rebuked the winds and sea causing a great calm. This occurred early in the ministry of Jesus and the disciples were flabbergasted! Who can just speak to the wind and waves and have them obey their words? To the natural mind this didn't make sense and all they could do was marvel at what they had seen!
Here was a man that was paralyzed. He was only able to get to Jesus because his friends had carried him on a stretcher and literally removed part of someone's roof to lower their friend down into the home! Now that is commitment! Jesus saw this and simply said to the paralytic 'arise, take up your bed, and walk'... and he did! There were multitudes that saw this and all they would do was marvel and glorify God! And I'm sure they would have pondered greatly - 'who is this man?'
Mathew chapter 9 presents several miracles in a row, As well as the previous one just mentioned, Jesus gave life to the dead, sight to the blind and then speech to the dumb. This last case where he restored speech required a demon to be cast out. He had total authority over the demons. Can you imagine seeing someone that could not speak suddenly given that ability? Can you imagine the praise that would come forth? Again it says that the multitudes simply marveled at what they saw and heard! And when they did finally speak it was to say that 'nothing like this has ever happened in Israel!'
When Jesus cursed the fig tree it immediately withered. A tree normally withers when its roots are starved of the water and nutrients they need. This can take months. And yet Jesus showed His authority over life and nature with the tree immediately withering. What would you think if you saw this? The disciples that saw it just looked and shook their heads asking 'how did it wither so soon?'
The Pharisees, who hated Jesus, would try to trap Him with difficult questions. Or at least they thought they were difficult. Here was one that was designed to trap Jesus - 'Should we pay taxes to Caesar?' William MacDonald writes: "If Jesus answered, “No,” He would not only antagonize the Herodians, but would be accused of rebellion against the Roman government. The Pharisees would have hustled Him off and pressed charges against Him. If He said, “Yes,” He would run afoul of the Jews' intense nationalistic spirit. He would lose much support among the common people—support which so far hindered the leaders in their efforts to dispose of Him." With His answer Jesus left His questioners speechless. He brought their question right back upon themselves, challenging their own faithfulness to both the government and God... and all they could do was marvel at His wisdom and teaching!
With life and death on the line before Pilate, Jesus remained calm and at peace. When others would have begged for mercy or eagerly proclaimed their innocence, Jesus didn't even answer Pilate. This puzzled Pilate and caused him to marvel greatly. He knew men, and this was not a normal reaction that he was expecting! 'What made this man so different' he thought? 'Why does he not seem to recognize the power I have?'
Upon hearing that Jesus had risen from the dead, Peter sprinted to the tomb, finding exactly what had been described. There was an empty tomb but from the linen wrappings that once were around a body! But Jesus was not there! Can you imagine the whirling of Peter's mind as he went back to the other disciples? Scripture tells us that he simply marveled at what he had seen!
Peter and John had to stand before the religious authorities for the 'crime' of healing a man born lame. This was a council of the highest religious leaders in Israel including the High Priest. It was meant to be an intimidating scene where the disciples were threatened concerning speaking about Jesus. Instead the opposite happened! Peter was bold as a lion and spoke powerfully with great conviction about Jesus. This caught the leaders off-guard and they marveled that simple untrained 'fishermen' could speak with such power! The influence of the living Lord Jesus was still making people marvel even through those in His body! And this has carried on for 2000 years!
Our last example leads us into the future and the return of Jesus Christ. If people, even His enemies, marveled at Jesus at His first coming, wait until they see Him in His second! And those that are His will marvel as well. We will marvel as we see our Lord and also as we see ourselves. We will marvel at who He is and what He has done... for us! When we see the position He has given, being found and displayed in His likeness, we will be speechless, marveling at His amazing grace!
The unsaved world will marvel at this coming 'beast' - this Antichrist that will rule the world. So be careful who you 'wonder' over! Let it be Jesus Christ and not a false or anti-Christ!
There is also a follow up Q&A here looking at two examples where Jesus marveled at someone.