WHO IS THIS MAN

12 November 2013 |

WHO IS THIS MAN

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Luke 8:19-25

Luke 8

New Living Translation (NLT)

The True Family of Jesus

19 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him, but they
couldn’t get to him because of the crowd. 20 Someone told Jesus,
“Your mother and your brothers are outside, and they want to see
you.”

21 Jesus replied, “My mother and my brothers are all those who hear
God’s word and obey it.”

Jesus Calms the Storm

22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other
side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and started out. 23 As
they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce
storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they
were in real danger.

24 The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master,
we’re going to drown!”

When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly
the storm stopped and all was calm. 25 Then he asked them, “Where is
your faith?”

The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they
asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves
obey him!”

It’s so easy, thousands of years later, to read passages like this
one and celebrate, or even marvel, at the miracle. We can picture the
storm, the fear of the disciples, the water crashing over the boat as
they use all their energy trying to keep the boat upright and protect
themselves. We can picture Jesus waking up, stretching, then casually
walking onto the deck and telling the storm to ‘behave’, and
immediately the storm stops, the sea is calm and boat rights itself
and keeps sailing as if nothing had happened.

But in the situation – surely we would freak out and ask, along with
the disciples, “who is this man?”

‘This man’ is still at work today, still performing miracles
today. Today, though, they might look different. Regardless of how
those miracles may look – they are still worthy of the question ‘Who
is this man?’. But so often we don’t marvel at the miracles of
Jesus. We put the things He does down to our own hard work,
coincidence, nature or fate. But ‘this man’ is a miracle working,
all powerful God who will do things /today/ that should result in awe
and worship. Are you looking out for those things?

A PRAYER TO PRAY

Jesus thank you that You still perform miracles today. Thank You that
Your supernatural power is still at work changing situations for Your
glory. Please help me be aware today of Your work in and around me.
Amen.

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