He Has Done All Things Well!

37 They were utterly astonished, saying, “He has done all things well; He makes even the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.” Mark 7:37 NAS

James Woods is magical in his abilities to act. Last night I was watching an old episode of a television series called Shark. It’s about a high-powered defense lawyer that has a change of heart and flips over to other side of the law working as deputy DA. What so impresses me is the quickness of Mr. Woods wit as he goes toe-to-toe verbally with other characters on the show. It’s really quite entertaining to observe the one-liners and spins that flow so effortlessly from this actor’s lips, even if it is all made up and written out beforehand in a script.

And then I learned something very interesting about Mr. James Woods. My second daughter is an aspiring actress who was working on set one day with this man as he was performing a “courtroom” scene. I was most amazed to learn from her that James Woods really is that fast and does most of his lines ad-libbed on set! He has a general flow and direction of a script and then everyone just gets out of the way to let him do his thing. He really is that fast and gifted.

And then the thought came to me, if a mere man as James Woods can really be that amazing to watch in real time, what must it have been like to watch Jesus, the carpenter from Nazareth, work the tremendous miracles and signs in service for humanity as He did. Never missing a line, always on queue, tirelessly working in extraordinary circumstances, this must have been amazing to witness in real time. No wonder the multitudes around Him were astonished and proclaimed, “He has done all things well!”

J. Robert Hanson



  1. I have often imagined what it would have been like to witness the serious repartee that took place between Yeshua/Jesus and the leaders of His day. I am sure that what is described in the scriptures only touches the surface. I imagine that he also joked with His friends, family and followers. In fact, there are scriptures that seem to be read better as tongue in cheek replies. 🙂

    1. I couldn’t agree more! Think of the humor in Mark 3 when we read of the Lord nicknaming James and John “the Sons of Thunder”? This is an age-old tradition among men as they become close friends. Thanks for reading.

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