Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Jesus Calms the Storm

Matthew 8:23-27
Jesus Calms a Storm
23And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25And they went and woke him, saying, "Save us, Lord; we are perishing." 26And he said to them, "Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?" Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27And the men marveled, saying, "What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?"
This story always makes me smile about how Jesus handles those disciples. I like to imagine that Jesus was in the boat asleep, but at the same time causing the waves to toss the boat about. And he does it just enough to really freak them out and all the while it was in His control. The other funny thing is that Jesus may have calmed the storm but he most certainly didn't calm the disciples fears. In fact it seems that although they were extremely afraid of the storm, they were even more freaked out by the power of the one in their midst who could stop it instantly. So, I guess sometimes we need storms in our lives so that we'll marvel at how much power God has. Therfore, we ought to be even more afraid of His power than any kind of storm that can come in our lives. We should be very greatful that He has given us Grace and He is our Father. If God is for us, who can be against us??
Romans 8:31
God's Everlasting Love
31What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be[h] against us?

Grace and Peace,
Chris

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