Pastor Ralph Byma
April 2, 2019
T’har be Monsters
Mark 4:35 -41 Jesus Calms the Storm, 35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
Storms in our lives can rise up without warning. They can be terrifying. Nothing seems safe or secure anymore. We are facing monsters. It can be a loss of a loved one, sickness, loss of income, broken relationships and more. Like the disciples we can cry out ..”Jesus don’t you care?”
We can react to our storms in panic and anger. Why don’t you fix this Jesus?
The disciples had been with Jesus and witnessed many miracles, yet didn’t really know who Jesus was and hadn’t learned to trust Him.
He was their hope and help. Jesus can calm every storm. He is the I AM- God with us. They were not in the boat alone. He was there to deal with the storm that they couldn’t handle and brought them safely to the other side.
Like the disciples, Jesus wants us to know Him as our Lord and Emmanuel – God with us. We can trust Him and rest on His grace.