Over the past few days I have been reading and thinking about Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” in Matthew 5-7. What a incredible treasure trove of instructions.
But, one of the things that I found most interesting did not come until Matthew 8. The story begins in verse 23 with Jesus entering a ship that was heading out to sea. While out to sea a great storm arose. The Bible tells us that the storm was so bad that the ship was covered with the waves. His disciples panicked!
The story continues with the disciples waking Jesus up saying, “Lord, save us: we perish.”
Jesus questioned the faith of his disciples and then rebuked the wind and the sea. Immediate calm ensued.
Here is what amazed me – the response from the disciples. Verse 27 says,
But the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!
These are the same men, his disciples, that have given up everything to follow him. These are the same men who have been walking, talking & ministering with Jesus on a daily basis. These are the men who knew Jesus probably better than any other group of people. These men, a few verses before, had just witnessed a centurion’s servant healed, followed by Peter’s mother-in-law being healed of a fever.
These are the men that marveled at Jesus!
When was the last time you marveled at Jesus? When was the last time you were filled with wonder or astonishment over Jesus? You may have just received him as your Savior or you may have known him for years, but when was the last time you just were amazed by our great God?
I am not asking you when the last time you went to church or sang a praise and worship song. I am not asking you when was the last time you volunteered in your church. What I am asking you is this – when was the last time you were so overwhelmed by who God is that it made you stand in awe at who HE really is?
Who is HE? He is the God-Man that even the wind and the sea obey Him!