Summary: We all have experience natural storm and spiritual storms, but no matter who you are, we will all experience both of those storms. So, we are in the same boat when it come to the storms in life. Jesus will bring peace to our storms.
We’re In The Same Boat
Elder Clarence Weaver
In Mark 4, Jesus making a new departure, he was no longer teaching in the synagogue; he was teaching by the lakeside. He had made the orthodox approach to the people; now he had to take unusual methods. We do well to note that Jesus was prepared to use new methods. He was willing to take religious preaching and teaching out of its conventional setting in the synagogue into the open air and among the crowds of ordinary men and women. Like the rabbis of his time, Jesus used simple word-pictures, called parables, to help people understand who God is and what his kingdom or reign is like in the form called parables.
At the beginning of Mark 4, we see Jesus speaking to the people in a Parable of the Sower, who went out spreading seeds, which is the Word of God. The Sower is Jesus. The different type of soil best represents you. The devil works his way into everyone`s heart at some point in their lives. It is up to us to realize that he is there, and he will do everything in his power to turn you over to the dark side. God`s seeds land only in the best of places, where everything that comes from Him can survive the assault of what enemy can deliver.
The type of soil best represents us are the good ground. That is an honest and good heart, having heard the word, hold it tightly, and bring forth fruit with patience. God wants us to bear fruit for Jesus. The word of God, we are hearing should grew in our mind, and brought forth fruit one hundred times.
Now as we come to our text today, we learn that after Jesus finished teaching in parables to the people about the kingdom of God, Jesus gives His Word to His disciples to get into a boat to cross to the other side and other smaller boats follow. When a terrifying storm convinced the disciples they were about to die, they forgot the most important factor; Jesus was on the boat and He had told them they were going to the other side of the lake. We all have been in a storm my brothers and sister, yes some of us have experience natural storm such as hurricanes and tornadoes winds, floods and snow storms. Some of us may be in a storm right now such as marriage storm, financial storms, or even in a health storm, but no matter whom you are or where you come from my message to you today is called, “We’re In The Same Boat!”
Text: Mark 4:35-41 KJV
35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. 37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
We’re In The Same Boat
We have the tendency to think that no one faces the same temptations, challenges, or storms we do. Paul, my brothers and sisters, however, tell us no temptation comes to us except that which is common to man. Not only were with the disciples crossing the lake but “other little ships” follow them across the Sea of Galilee. When it comes to temptation, “We’re In The Same Boat!”
Jesus had taught about His Word, and had given His Word to His disciples that they would make it to the other side. But whether regarding a promise Jesus gave His disciples, or one He gives to you, after teaching my brothers and sisters comes testing. Amen!
If you were taught the Word in Matthew 6:33, But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. There will always become testing. When the bills are due and there is no food on the table the children need shoes we still have to TRUST and believe in the LORD we cannot let these things take our eyes off GOD. Continue to pray and fast and meditate on HIS word and it will sustain us. We have to hold on to HIS WORD, HIS PROMISES, HIS LOVE, and ENDURE till the end for HE is a GOD of HIS word. “We’re In The Same Boat!”