Jesus Calms the Storm

Matthew 8.pngThen he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on a lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him saying, Lord save us! We’re going to drown! He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this?” Even the winds and the waves obey him!”                 Matthew 8:23-27

Violent storms are common on the Sea of Galilee due to the location of the lake. Sudden storms occur with destructive force so that the existing calmness can be transformed into raging storm within minutes. But this story is about far more than the calming of the storm on the Sea of Galilee. It was important to the disciples as well as being important to us today. The incident tells us that wherever in life Jesus Christ is, there the storms of life are calmed.

When the cold, bleak winds of sorrow blow around us, there is calmness in the comforting presence of Jesus. When the hot winds of passion blow, we find security and peace in Jesus’ presence. When gale-force winds of doubt threaten to uproot the foundations of our faith, there is peaceful safety with Jesus Christ. For every storm that shakes the human heart, there is peace with Jesus.

The meaning and lesson of this event illustrate to us that when the storms of life shake our souls, Jesus is there, and in His presence the raging storm turns into peace that no storm can rob us of. 

He came in complete human form to meet a universal need in a way that is adequate for all times and places and is without parallel or substitute.        (H.D.Lewis)

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

 

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Jesus Calls Us

 

Matthew 4   As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fisherman. “Come, follow me, “ Jesus said, “ and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.                     Matthew 4:18-22

I wonder how many of us if Jesus was still on earth and he ask us to follow him would we drop everything at that very moment and do it? In the book of Matthew it talks about the beginning of Jesus public ministry. John the Baptist had been put to death; and Jesus had withdrawn to Galilee, not because afraid of Herod Antipas, who had put John to death, but because he had a different vision of the future. There was agitation all over Judea for a king, for someone to avenge John’s death. Jesus’ vision of the kingdom was one of nonviolence. He was not interested in revenge not even for the death of his cousin and friend but for peace. 

For Matthew, this scripture was enough to justify Galilee, rather than Jerusalem, as the center of Jesus’ ministry. It is a call for a response to God’s action. God is making a new world. Get a new sense of direction and purpose and become part of that new world. Repentance is not only about remorse, but, more important, about a change of direction.

The contrast of light and darkness is a familiar theme in describing this life direction. Jesus, in fulfillment of the Scriptures, has ushered in an age in which the repentant will move toward the realm of light, and ways from darkness, the shadow of death. The light had dawned because Jesus has arrived. Jesus issued his called to discipleship, knowing the culture, heritage, and economic status of these fisherman. He asked them to leave what they knew and were comfortable with, to come and embrace a new lifestyle with different values and goals. 

What is Jesus asking us to do? Jesus is issuing a similar call to modern, would-be disciples. We come from diverse cultures,. different worldviews, and different places on the socio-economic ladder. We, like the disciples of old, are also called to leave the comfort and predictability as we enter a life of service to God. 

The call of fisherman to become disciples is significant, because it is the beginning of the church. Jesus took the initiative, he sought out these men in the midst of their work. The call was both a command and promise. The command was to follow him. The promise was to become “fishers of people”

Peter as well as Andrew, James and John left everything and everyone to follow Jesus. He issued a powerful appeal that made disciples. And it made a real difference in their lives. How do we become disciples of Jesus Christ? It is not a great mystery. We simply follow him, Jesus calls some us to adventure of serving in the mission field in a foreign land. Others are called to adventure close to home, serving God’s people through service organizations and schools, through food pantry, legal assistance, volunteering and voting, offering prayer and healing. There are so many ways for God’s people to follow Jesus into the adventure of serving. Where do you hear, God is calling you to join Jesus in the adventure of being his disciples? What row is yours to plant? What need in your church, or community, or in the wider world cries out to your heart? How will you respond to Jesus when he says “COME AND FOLLOW ME”

Grace and Peace to You My Friends 

Are You Willing To Follow?

Matthew 14Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Lord, if it is you, Peter replied, tell me to come to you on the water.” Come” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said why did you doubt?”                                             Matthew 14:22-31

As we read these words from the Gospel of Matthew we can see a least two important lessons here. The first one is that Jesus knew how important it was to take time away from his disciples, the crowd and anything else to be alone with God. I truly believe that Jesus is telling us even today, that we need to be alone with God in prayer daily, to remain focus on God’s will for our lives. We at times can get caught up with our daily responsibilities that we don’t have the time to pray, and believe me that is when we become so drain with life and things are overwhelming for us to be able to handle them alone.  And if for some reason you are saying to yourself I don’t know how to pray, or even what to say no need to worry, pray the Lord’s prayer, and when you don’t know what to say the Holy Spirit will speak on your behalf, you only need to remain still. Just think of your prayer life as having a conversation with your friend, you speak and then you remain still and just listen. Many of us don’t have a quiet time, a quiet room where we can bare our souls to God. It’s not about the room, but about the quiet moments we spend alone with God. This is the reason that I choose for my blog almost two years ago “quiet moments with God”, I know how important it truly is for all of us to be able to poor out our soul to God. Charles H. Spurgeon a writer tells us “only the prayer which comes from our heart can get to God’s heart.

The next lesson is when the disciples was in the boat alone and when they all became afraid because of winds Jesus started to walk on the water, and telling them that they do not need to be afraid it was him. Peter wanted it make sure it was the Master that he ask Jesus to be able to come to him and so Peter did. Once Peter realize he was walking on the lake that he became so afraid that be he began to sink. Jesus is asking you and me are we willing to “Follow Him”.  Leave everything behind that you once knew to be able to follow him, it will not be easy but believe me when I tell you is that it will be worth it. We need to seek Jesus and we will find him when we seek him with all of our hearts. He does know the full extend of our weakness, and he realize our weakness. Jesus understands the brokenness within each of us and all around us. At times we can be easily distracted by this world of ours, and he wants us to seek him even through at times it truly can be hard to do so, and more important are you will to follow. This world can never give to any of us what our souls longs for and that is a relationship with Jesus Christ. We are created in God’s image and therefore we long to be with him, and the only way we can at least for now is to follow him, seek him with your heart. Are you willing my friend to follow Jesus Christ “The Great I Am”, he is calling, keep your eyes upon Jesus and don’t look back.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Will You Follow

mark 1As well read in the gospel of Mark 1:16-20 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fisherman. “Come follow me, ” Jesus said, and I will send you out to fish for people. At once they left their nets and followed him. When he had gone a little father, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.

Jesus knows that we are all a work in progress, however even thro we are, he is calling all of us to follow him. Are you willing to give up all the earthly pleasure and to say yes to Christ to do what he has ask you to do. It will not be an easy choice my friends however I can say that it will be the best choice that anyone will ever make. Once you decided to follow him you will never regret the choice you have made, because it is the right one. The disciples truly didn’t have to think about what Jesus was telling them was to “Come and follow me.” As Christian we are the disciples of our Risen Lord Jesus Christ and we all are called to make disciples for his kingdom. How can you do it believe me it is not hard at all, first you need to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior if you have not already, and if you did Praise His Name, begin seeking out a church so that you are able to grow and learn spiritually. Attend a Bible study and begin reading a Bible and if you don’t have one I know that the church you are attending will be more than willing to give a Bible to you. Begin spending time alone with your Heavenly Father he has so much to share with you and he has been waiting a long time for you to come to him with a willing heart (that is all it takes) This world is only our temporary home, however your home for all of eternally will be with our Lord Jesus Christ, however in the meantime you and I have much needed work that he has called us to do. Are you willing to follow, are you will to say yes Jesus I am willing to follow you for today and always.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends