Friday, June 24, 2011

With Christ is Enough

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” - Mark 4:35-41

I very much appreciate Donald English's comments on Jesus' calming the storm-

"At the personal spiritual level there is a deep lesson to be learned from the stilling of the storm incident. For the disciple it should be enough to be with the Lord, whether life's seas are running smoothly or not. Forms of Christianity which encourage and promise a life of continual success, excitement and growth will not only lead to frustration and despair; they actually point the disciple towards the wrong goal in the Christian pilgrimage. It is enough that Christ goes with us on our journey. We do not judge his care for us, nor the state of our discipleship, by the roughness of the seas over which we sail. We 'rejoice in the Lord', not in our current circumstances."

1 comment:

Woody Woodward said...

Wanted to tell you after the service but you were busy with others. But WOW, do I have a sermon for Moldova mission 2012! Just perfect for so many of those who have faced so many of their own storms. Those whom we will be ministering to will certainly appreciate what I heard yesterday.
“4 lessons in Strom Theology!”
1. Storms will come
2. Storms have a purpose, to build our faith by listening to His Words
3. Christ is the Master over every Storm!
4. There is no fear when we see the works and understand the words from our Holy sovereign Lord