Summary: Sermon on the Idenity and Power of Jesus
“What Manner of Man is This?
Mark 4:41b clause
In the second Gospel as recorded by John Mark during the period between 57and 63 A.D., Mark carefully and skillfully constructs the picture of Jesus as the suffering servant. Amidst the 16 chapters, the 678 verses, the 15,171 words, and of the 121 questions asked in this 41st book of the Bible, we want to pause and examine the question and the man of whom the question is asked, in the 4 chapter and 41 verse b clause, “What manner of man is this that even the wind and the sea obey him?” My, God what a question asked interrogatively but carries a distinct air of exclamation, declaration, admiration, and exaltation. It carries the spirit of awe, amazement, and wonder, for the text said,”…they feared exceedingly.” They were more afraid of the power of the Man that ceased the storms destructive power than the storm itself! Therefore causing them to marvel, “What manner of man is this?”
If we take brief pause, and pull back the curtain of history and examine great men we will find many that shaped the affairs and conditions of the world. Alexander the Great modernized the world 300 years before the time of Jesus. Alexander marched his Army over vast expanses of territory capturing foreign lands and inoculating them with Greek culture, thus giving birth to advance schools of thought, and the learning of philosophy. Caesar, the name or official title of anyone that became a Roman emperor, notably Julius, and Augustus, who lived at the time of Christ’s birth, Tiberius, Claudius, Nero, who killed Peter and Paul, And the bible closes with Domitian, who sentenced John to exile on the Isle of Patmos. History would have us see these great men.
In more modern times, a panoramic view of history’s great men reveal leaders in all aspect of life. Great men like, Winston Church Hill, a great statesman, which led Britain during World War II. FDR, JFK, Gandhi, Albert Einstein, for his work on the splitting of the atom Dr. Michael Debakey and Cooley, renown heart surgeons, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr., preacher and civil rights leader. All great men! Colin Powell, Michael Jordan, Bill Gates, Tiger Woods…men that have plotted the course of history from various backgrounds and nationalities. We sing their praises, speak about their accomplishments, hold in esteem the truths and the teachings they have shared, and embrace the schools they graduated from, make shrines of the places where their footsteps have trod. We celebrate their impact of society and can still feel their effects on the lives we live. But let me share the biography of a Man that has done more to shape the course of human history than any other before or after Him. It is the purpose and the aim of the message to introduce Him to you if you do not know Him, to encourage you to follow Him if you have met Him, and if you have accepted Him to cling to Him and serve Him with your all!
The name of past proud statesmen of Greece and Rome have come and gone: But the name of this man abounds more and more. Though time has spread more than 2,000 years between the scene of his crucifixion and the people of his generation; yet He still lives! Herod could not kill Him. Satan could not seduce Him. Death could not destroy Him. And the grave could not hold Him. He is the high pinnacle of heavenly glory, proclaimed by God, acknowledged by devils, adored by saints as the only living and True God! Everyone has to say, what manner of man is this?