Jesus, Messiah, God In The Flesh.
My wife and I host a bible study in our home each Tuesday evening and last night I was teaching on the subject of the disciple’s sea crossing found in Mark 4:35-41. In verse thirty-five of chapter four, the Lord says to His disciples, “Let us cross over to the otherside.” I told the people the disciples heard what Jesus said, but they did not really hear what He said. Are you with me? When Jesus said to His disciples, “Let us cross over to the otherside” He was personally guaranteeing them they were going to set foot on the other shore and they had nothing to fear. But, they weren’t really listening to what He said to them. They were only thinking about a ten to twelve mile row after having put in a full days work. So when a fearful storm arose a short time later, they freaked out. These experienced fishermen thought they were going to die because the water was coming into their boat faster than they could bail it out. Has anyone ever faced a problem where they thought the problem was going to get the best of them? I have, and it’s a pretty sickening feeling. But, if we have walked with Jesus for any length of time, we should never get to the point where we have feelings like that. And the disciples in this story should not have freaked out the way they did either. But if none of these things had taken place; I wouldn’t have material to write about this morning. So thank you Lord for today’s lesson.
There isn’t any doubt that the disciples of Jesus believed He was the Messiah, but they did not really understand that He was God in the flesh, and God was in the boat with them. Or that when He said to them, “Let us cross over to the otherside;” they were going to set foot on the other shore because God had instructed them to get in the boat and row. Now if we are born again and are serving Christ, God is in our boat as well. He lives in us. So there is never a time nor a place when He is not present with us. Do you get the idea? He is not only the one who died on the cross for our sins, but He is God in us in the form of His Word that is anointed by the Holy Spirit. So when the Lord tells us to do something, “We are guaranteed that we are going to accomplish our mission.” Nothing will prevent us from arriving at our destination; no storm, no problem, no nothing, is going to prevent us from reaching the otherside because God has something for us to do on the otherside of our present problems.
Do you not think Jesus knew there was a great storm on the sea when He told His disciples to get in the boat and start rowing toward the other shore? Of course He did. That’s why they left when they did. He could have just as easily waited for a couple of more hours before departing, but then His disciples would not have experienced the storm which was an important learning experience for them. Jesus wanted His disciples to understand that He was more than just their Messiah; He was their Master, their God in the flesh, their protector, their provider, and when they were with Him nothing was going to hurt them because they were on a learning exercise in which they had to learn to trust Him. And when He told them to do something for Him; He was giving them a guarantee they would accomplish what He sent them out to do. The second lesson they were to learn was to listen. Yes, listen. They had to come to the point where they paid close attention to what He was telling them to do because the experiences they were facing now were really life lessons they were to learn so they could deal with bigger problems after He left them and returned to His Father.
It was important for Jesus to guarantee them they were going to set foot on the otherside because He had a mission over there that was just too important for them to miss. They had witnessed the power of man under the anointing of God to calm a storm, but the greatest lesson they would learn this day was the power of man to defeat a spiritual foe. When they set foot on the other shore, a madman filled with two thousand demons named Legion met them. (Mark chapter five) The demons in the man told Jesus there was two thousand of them against one man. They were trying to impress Him with their number and to bluff their way through the coming fight. If you could call it a fight. But, you know what. When a man understands that with God, or anointed by God – and Jesus was with God, it really didn’t matter if the number of demons in that man had surpassed two billion, they still would of had to obey the one with the authority. This was an important lesson for the disciples of Jesus to learn. It doesn’t matter how many of the enemy align themselves against the man of God, they are outnumbered and overmatched. Do you understand this? No demon, nor devil, nor angel, can stand up against the man of God, anointed by the Spirit of God. They have to yield to the name of Jesus Christ because the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and me, make three, and we are a formidable force that cannot be defeated. It is our lack of understanding that lets the devil and his crowd get away with what they do in our life. (Hosea 4:6) But once we discover who we are, and that God lives in us, we become the master over our situations.
It was important to Jesus that His disciples see these two events to help them understand that God has a purpose in the things He does. He receives the glory and we grow stronger and wiser in the Lord. After Jesus set the madman free of his demons, He sent the man home to tell all of his friends about what the Lord had done for him. Jesus returned to that location a short time later and had a revival and all those people who were afraid of Him the first time He came, became His followers. God’s plan for this situation was for the disciples of the Lord to witness how God works. This life lesson was to build their confidence in their authority, how to deal with spiritual foes, and the end results of obedience to God. We would be wise if we understood that God has a plan for our lives, and He has designed it so that we are always the overcomer, the victor, the wiser for allowing Him to educate us in the way of God. DThrasher
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