O LOVE THE LORD
Leslie M. John
“But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!” (Matthew 8:27)
There was great multitude of people following Jesus as they saw the miracles done by Him. They saw how a leper was healed; they saw how centurion’s servant was healed and they also saw Peter’s mother-in-law was healed. When Jesus touched Peter’s mother-in-law, who was suffering from fever, He was not trying to diagnose her disease, nor was He trying to console her but His touching was a powerful healing-touch that healed her fully. There was no trace of fatigue left in her nor was she feeling tired anymore but she rose up and ministered unto them.
Jesus looked at the crowd that expected more miracles from Him and said to them to go to the other side of the sea, which was “Sea of Galilee”. Just before leaving to the other side of the sea He had conversation with a scribe who expressed his desire to follow Him but Jesus showed him how hard it was to follow Him. When Jesus spoke to another he expressed his difficulty in following Him but Jesus said to him to follow Him. He said that those who are spiritually dead may go and attend to their earthly needs. Thus two different types of men were introduced to us; one that half-heartedly expressing his desire to follow Jesus and another with full of excuses when the Lord asked him to follow.
As Jesus entered the ship to go to the other side His disciples followed Him. His sailing by the sea helped future generations to have hope in the Lord that He helps those that seek His help. Jesus chose to go by sea-way instead of going by the road-way in order that His journey by the sea would be of much comfort to those who usually undertake travel by sea. It was going to be a sure sign for future sailors that they can pray to Him for their safe journey and seek His help.
Jesus was taking rest just as any human would do after tiresome job. Jesus, the Son of God, taking rest shows us that He was fully human when He was in this world. He was tired and was sleeping but He was not as deep in His sleep as Jonah was, many years ago, in the ship while trying to escape to a possible secure place from the task he was assigned. In Jesus we have our salvation and He is our redeemer.
As they were journeying there arose a vigorous tempest in the sea so much that the waves from the sea covered the ship. Indeed, everyone in the ship, except Jesus, was afraid of the tempest. Their nerves started shrinking as they saw the tempest even when the creator of the seas was right there in their midst. How often we also fear, in spite of having faith in Jesus, that some misadventure would overtake us. The Lord would have to remind us through some servant of God or through His word that He is always there with us. Indeed, He is our comfort and sustainer. It is worth recollecting Psalmist’s comforting words.
“O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD” (Psalms 31:23-24)
Jesus could have ordered the sea to be calm even before they started their journey or when they were sailing but He preferred not to do so and He showed that He was in control of the situation, over waters and the storms in order that His disciples may become stronger in their faith in Him. When the severity of the storm increased the disciples were afraid.
The disciples went to Lord Jesus, who was sleeping in the same ship, and awoke Him. They begged saying “Lord, save us: we perish”. They were praying for not only themselves but on behalf of all the sailors who were in the ship. They thought the storms would drown the ship. However, they realized that the Lord of the sea was in ship, and He would be able to save them. Therefore, they prayed to Jesus to save them and Jesus heard their prayer.
Jesus admonished them that they were fearful because they lacked faith. Then He arose and rebuked the winds and sea and there was great calm. The men in the ship marveled at the miracle and wondered about the power that Jesus exercised on storms and on the winds that they obeyed His command.
Indeed Lord Jesus Christ is the Savior. Much more than the comfort that we have that our Lord has the power over storms we cast our burden on Him and rest in His arms because He gave us salvation free of cost. While those whose sins are not forgiven and do not have Lord Jesus Christ as their savior would have to gnash their teeth in the “Lake of fire”, where fire never quenches, we will be with Him for ever and ever.
“And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm” (Matthew 8:26)