Thursday, October 31, 2013

Disciples Fear, Sons Know No Fear

And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 38And 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? 39And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?" (Mark 4: 37-40)

Disciples see Jesus as "Master".

What can a master do when there is a storm rumbling in your life?

They had not idea that Jesus is more than a good man, a great teacher, and He does not seek to be a Master to obeyed.

He seeks to be our servant, and when He serves us, we in turn can serve others.

John could not have written this truth more simply:

"We love because He first loved us" (1 John 4: 19, NIV)

Jesus shared in the same Gospel:

"For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." (Mark 10: 45)

Jesus was not playing word games. Jesus came to serve and to save us. The Gospel of Mark illustrates Jesus as a Servant, one who goes out of His way to "immediately, suddenly, straightaway" serve, heal, deliver, and help all who come to Him.

So, for our faith to grow, we need to see Jesus as a full and forever Savior, one to whom we can run in time of need, no matter what me face.

If we see ourselves as disciples, however, and see Jesus as merely a master to emulate, we will find ourselves in times of trouble, and cry out, not knowing or believing that He has both the will and the power to deliver us!

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