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] was asleep. And they went and woke him up, saying, 'Lord, save us! We are perishing!' And he said to them, 'Why are you so afraid, you of little faith?' Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. They were amazed, saying, 'What kind of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?'" (vv. 23-27)

Matthew 8:23-27 Thursday 1 September 2016

Psalm: Psalm 145:8-21

Background

A couple of thousand years ago there lived a man named Jesus andthe most important thing I can tell you about Jesus is that he isthe Son of God. It had been a long couple of days for Jesus and hisdisciples before the events of the above miracle happened. Backaround Matthew5-7 Jesus delivered an amazing sermon which some refer toas the Sermon on the Mount. When Jesus finished the message he camedown from the mountainside and the crowds followed him.

Then, at the beginning of Matthew 8, Jesushealed a man who had leprosy. Just afterwards a Roman leader, aCenturion, came to him. The Centurion had a servant who wasparalysed and in great agony and so the Centurion asked Jesus toheal his servant. But get this ... the Centurion didn't feel worthyfor Jesus to come into his home (as the Romans were despised by theJewish people) but knew that if Jesus would simply agree to healhis servant then all would be well. Jesus marvelled at theCenturion's faith and healed his servant (Matthew8:5-13).

Then Jesus went to the disciple Pete's house and healed Pete'smother-in-law and, later that evening, even more sick people,driving out the demons from those possessed (Matthew8:14-17).

It was a couple of packed days of miracle after miracle aftermiracle.

Which brings us to our text. Read it again. Slowly.
 

To Ponder

  • After having witnessed all that they had seen in the previousday and a half why do you suppose the disciples panicked?
  • Look back at some of the amazing, even miraculous things Godhas done in your life. Why then do you think you become afraid whena storm kicks up?
  • What does Jesus' calming of the storm tell us about who heis?
  • What stops you from believing in the power of Jesus' savinggrace for you?
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