Knowing Jesus Better- Part 2
Thank you for joining in again today as we discover more about the person of Jesus Christ. You know, Jesus was incarnated in the way that humans were originally created- without sin. We like to compare Jesus to humanity and draw conclusions about his nature from there. Really, we should be looking at Jesus as the example for humanity and how we become more like him, not how we dissect him into being more like us. Let’s discover more ways that we are like Jesus.
Mark 4:37-40- And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 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? 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. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?
Jesus had been teaching these men, preaching around them, and performing miracles in their sight daily. He had shown them great things in which they had never seen before. After all they witnessed, they still doubted. I believe at this point, Jesus was a little frustrated with them. He basically said, “What’s wrong with you? After all you have seen, why do you still doubt my ability?” Jesus had to perform yet another miracle in their presence so that they would know that he had power and authority here on earth and in hopes that they would believe and stop doubting.
Jesus knew that the spirit of fear came from the enemy. He pondered over their fear of the storm while he was right there with them. They went and woke him up. You know how it can be getting woke up out of a deep sleep with a bunch of drama going on around you. Jesus needed to teach the twelve that they could not let fear overcome them, soon, they would not have Jesus in physical form. How much greater would their fear had been once he was no longer on earth? We can see a possibility of Jesus being frustrated here. He knew his fate, the twelve had no clue and no faith, and Jesus had little time to get them ready for spiritual battle.
Mark 5:19- Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends and tell how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.
This is the story of the man that was filled with demons. The name was Legion, for they were many. Jesus had great compassion on this man. He cast out the spirits and sent them into a herd of swine. This is another instance where we see that Jesus had compassion for and mercy on the afflicted in which he encountered along the way. He wanted to heal them, to give them peace and joy. Jesus wanted to see people living life the way that God intended, not being tortured by fear, sickness, and possessed of unclean spirits.
We also see here in this verse of scripture that Jesus wanted people to share the news about the goodness of God. Our testimony is a very powerful tool. By sharing our testimony with others, we are doing the same two things that Jesus did during his time on earth. We are bringing glory to God and giving others hope for salvation. Our testimony can bring unbelievers to Christ quicker than a Sunday sermon. We are real people living real life and our lives speak volumes about the goodness of the Lord.
Jesus had many gifts. His gift of healing brought glory to God and salvation to people. By the power that he displayed in his healing of others, people were magnetized to salvation through him. Another way of putting it, seeing is believing. They saw his gifts at work and believed on him because of the miracles. We too are given gifts for ministry. If we fail to utilize our gifts for God’s glory, we fail to help draw people to salvation. One of the biggest reasons that people deny the faith today is because they have never seen a demonstration of God’s power. It’s time we get our hands dirty and put the power of God to work in everyday living so that those around us might be drawn in to salvation through the power and the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives. You see friend, this is when we can be most like Jesus, when we testify to what God has done, can do, and will do!