On that day, when evening came, He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him. And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?” Mark 4:35-41
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Jesus came to make a mighty difference in this world by making a mighty difference in the lives of those who are inhabitants of this world. Jesus made it possible for us to be reconnected to God through redemption, indwelled with the Holy Spirit, and launched into a lifelong process of being transformed from the inside out. This is how Jesus makes the difference he came to make and it happens for each inhabitant of this world who fully embraces him by faith. Our embracing Jesus for the difference he came to make is very much dependent on our embracing him for who he truly is.
At the end of the disciples experience with Jesus on the sea of Galilee, they ask the all-important question, “who then is this?” They are learning that he is the Master of the universe and the Master of the spiritual kingdom he is preparing them to serve and advance. Today’s account helps the disciples then and us as his disciples today to consider three attributes of God that are true of Jesus who is indeed God in the flesh.
Jesus had them cross to the other side of the Sea of Galilee because he knew they would encounter the storm. How did he know this? He knew it because as God, the Son, he is all-knowing. He not only knew about the storm but he knew the storm was exactly what his disciples needed to experience. In the midst of the severe storm that caused the disciples to fear for their lives, Jesus slept. His sleeping caused the disciples to doubt that he cared and yet he slept precisely because he cared deeply about them and the faith development that would come about in them as a result. Jesus was able to care to such a great extent, because as God, the Son, he is all-loving.
And finally, Jesus mastered the sea with the simple words, “Hush, be still.” He was able to do this because as God, the Son, he is all-powerful. Truly, Jesus is the all- knowing, all-loving, and all-powerful Son of God. We are following Jesus and in our following him we will encounter storms (some very severe) as we live to serve and advance his kingdom. At such times we must particularly live in the reality of “who Jesus is.”
Remember, Jesus “knows” about each storm before it ever arrives and he “knows” exactly what we need to experience from it. Remember, whatever he is accomplishing through the storm, even when we think he is asleep on the job because of his apparent lack of response to our peril, it is fully an expression of his love for us. Remember, he will powerfully deal with our storms in whatever way fits in best with that which he is lovingly accomplishing as the result of his knowing exactly what we need for our good, the sake of his kingdom, and his ultimate glory.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, you are master of my heart, master of my life, and master of my world. Help me get my eyes off of myself and onto you. I embrace you for all that you are (all-knowing, all-loving, all-powerful) and for all that you can do. By faith I count on you for the difference you came to make in this world and all that means for my life today. Truly, you are the Master of the storms of my life and I trust you fully right now. Amen!
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Posted on Fri, February 9, 2018
by Ken Hart