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Jesus in the Storm

by Pastor Tim Mandich

 I’m sure we all are feeling a little closed in right about now with everything closed down and the need to stay home. These are very unusual times we live in and I’m sure we’ll all remember for a long time the memories of the corona virus years down the road. People question if the whole thing is real or not and all I can think is that for those battling the virus in their bodies, it is as real as can be. We have to keep in mind that this virus is vey hard on those who have weakened abilities to fight sickness. Even those who are older have a more difficult time of fighting this as compared to younger more healthy people. So I’m trusting in the experts who are making these decisions to keep us separated and safe from the possibility of infecting each other. Please keep our President and his team of experts in your prayers as they make life and death decisions during this time.

 This Friday at the Able Church service we are going to be talking about Jesus in the storm as taken from Mark 4:35-41. In this biblical account of Jesus and the disciples they were at sea when a fierce gale blew in and was tossing them around pretty badly. Keep in mind many of the disciples were fisherman in their former days and being out to sea would have seemed comfortable for them but certainly not in this moment. In fact one of them after awaking Jesus shouts saying “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” It seems as though things are very scary for the disciples. But Jesus says something we might find surprising.

 Mark 4:39-40 (NLT) When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. 40 Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

 When Jesus asks: Do you still have no faith?” It seems to indicate that they have had this discussion before. It all surrounds the issue of faith, which believes in what we can’t see. Jesus rebukes the wind and commands the waves to be calm and it happens just like that. Amazing isn’t it? Even the disciples who were absolutely terrified afterwards say to each other: “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”

 I know for me that seems impossible that we could speak to the disaster and see something miraculous happen before our eyes. Are those abilities meant just for Jesus’ disciple or are we to exercise that same authority? I can’t answer all of these questions – maybe because my own faith hasn’t been developed to match up to anything like that. However, I have seen many miracles or things happen that were unexplainable at that time – other than to say that God did it. I will be sharing one of those moments this Friday – so don’t miss that!

 This week on our video taped Able Church we are going to talk more about this episode of Jesus calming the sea. Right now we need a calming of everyone’s temperament as we fight through the corona virus scare and I think you will find this helpful. I think Norton has something to add as well so tune into the Able Facebook this Friday at 6:30 www.ablechurch.us

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