Summary: A series on grace. This word brought in a wonderful peace and presence of God to the body. Please read it through, maybe it will help you.
Having God’s Peace for Your Success Mark 4:35-41NLT
35 As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” 36 So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). 37 But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. 38 Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” 39 When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. 40 Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”41 The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”
According to authorities, wind is a common occurrence on that lake, it’s about 690 ft. below sea level and surrounded by hills. Cool air from the Mediterranean is drawn down through the narrow mountain passes and clashes with the hot, humid air lying over the lake. Great windstorm, in Greek means, whirlwind. In this case, it was a storm so severe that it took on the properties of a hurricane.
I understand that when a hurricane occurs over the sea nothing in the eye of that storm should be tied down. The only hope to escape destruction is to untie any vessel.
Objects: The sea, a windstorms, high waves hitting the boat, boat filling with water- if nothing changes, what eventually will happen?
What is the ‘one thing’ that changes the whole equation within these verses?
Jesus was on board;the new covenant of grace, also known as the covenant of peace was on board.
We live in a world filled with attention getters. For many, first thing in the morning, they grab a news paper, and then before they go to bed they watch the news at night. PC’s, Laptops, Microwaves, flap phones, I Pods, Black Berry’s, I Phones, video cameras on every corner, Instant messaging, E-paying and Internet shopping, just to name a few.
*Mark 4:38 Say’s, Jesus was laying on a pillow fast asleep.
Jesus wasn’t being negligent, No, maybe He was exhausted from ministry; maybe He was totally worn out from doing the Father’s will.
Just maybe, He wanted to watch His disciples reaction to earthly elements. (What’s in you will come out!)
*Psalm 127:1-2NLT Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries (watchmen) will do no good. 2 It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.
I call this the (Earthly elements) the bread of sorrows, (useless) work so hard early morning until late at night-anxiously working for food. (Sorrow)
*John 6:35NIV Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
The world’s system represents the bread of sorrows. The world’s bread only depletes and drains you emotionally, adding stress, anxiety and worry. (Bad stress is a killer.)