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|Coming live from Turtle30cshell.com I am your host Christina Farris. Today sermon is entitled:
Jesus Authority Over Nature
Mark 4:35-41 KJV
Understanding that Jesus is the Word of God that became flesh in John 1 is important in understanding the authority Jesus had over nature. The very fact the wind and the waves obeyed Jesus in becoming calm, demonstrates his authority not only as the Son of God but declared that Jesus was the very Word of God in the flesh. The concept of power is demonstrated for the disciples benefit. Yet the very act of commanding the sea be still was enough to cause fear among the disciples. I often wonder though why fear for they woke him saying "Master care not we perish" as if in anticipation of his ability to do something about the situation. Why bother asking God about anything unless you expect something to happen. To ask God with only as if you got the time to do something is ludricious and a waste of time. It should be Lord here is this problem, I know you know about it, but can you send the solution or fix the problem now and not next week. However you just want to be more specific then that. Tell God all your cares and concerns and then watching God take care of them.
We can only go by what the story says that the crew were about to perish. We can not assume that the storm was about to break, but that the sky was getting worse and the ship they were on was a small ship with pillows at one end to take a nap. Probably not even a place to crawl under the ship deck. Yet needless to say the ship might not survive the storm unless something was done, or they jump overboard and hope to reach shore if the waves did not consume them alive. Yet Jesus came and rebuke the wind. Perhaps mystified at why those winds obeyed, but the fear of who presence the disciples were in, came to them. This man Jesus had power to control nature forces.
To understand Jesus's power over all creation is to know that when you pray, he can deliver you from the storm or take you through it. To know he can bring you through the storm without harm. He does not always quiet the storms like in the story in storm at sea, but he will never leave or forsake you in the mist of the storm if you will call out to him. We cannot be afraid to be bold and ask God to remove a storm, and yet if we live through it then we should say thank you Lord for your mercy and grace to take us through, and if the storms ceases we should be shouting Hallelujah and falling to our knees knowing God answered us and we know the great things God has just done for us. To experience God first hand in one's life is a awesome thing to bearwitness too.