By Wes Mason
And after He (Jesus) got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly, behold, there arose a violent storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered up by the waves; but He was sleeping. And they went and awakened Him, saying, Lord, rescue and preserve us! We are perishing! And He said to them, Why are you timid and afraid, O you of little faith? Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great and wonderful calm (a perfect peaceableness). And the men were stunned with bewildered wonder and marveled, saying, What kind of Man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him! ~ Matthew 8:23-27 AMP
What a great question for us today to ask. What kind of man was Jesus of Nazareth? A great many things have been said about him. His early opposition claimed he was the bastard son of a Roman soldier and a young Jewish girl. Some saw him only as an itinerant rabbi, others as a prophet. Today there are those who believe he was a myth and never existed at all. So just what kind of man was he?
To his followers he was more than just a great teacher, but it was not until his death, burial, resurrection, accession into heaven and his sending of the Holy Spirit to indwell and empower his followers that they truly understood what kind of man Jesus was. The God-man, the word become flesh who dwelt among us and will one day return. The Son of God and the Messiah of Israel. The Savior of all of humanity. The one who died on Calvary for the sins of all humanity to appease the wrath of a holy and just God against our sin and rebellion. He asks us to trust him for our eternal salvation through his mercy and grace offer to all who will call on him in faith and repentance.
So if you can trust him for your salvation and eternal destination surly you can trust him to take care of you in all that your experience in this life.
If you have storms in your life right now, may I urge you to look to the man who can calm those raging seas with just a word. He may allow you to experience the storm and be with you in your boat to make sure you survive whatever it is that you are enduring. You may end up bruised and banged, BUT….. you will survive and he will eventually bring you to a season of peace and calm on a distant shore.
Jesus did not promise us a life free of heartache, sorrow and pain. Quite the opposite. He promised that in this life we would have tribulations. But then he told us to be of good cheer, because he has overcome the world. He will NEVER leave or forsake us. Whatever season of life we are in be it a time of peace and plenty or a time of turmoil and want, he is ALWAYS with us even until the end of the age.
O God, Our Help in Ages Past
Our God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home:
Under the shadow of your throne your saints have dwelt secure; sufficient is your arm alone, and our defense is sure.
Before the hills in order stood or earth received its frame, from everlasting you are God, to endless years the same
A thousand ages in your sight are like an evening gone, short as the watch that ends the night before the rising sun.
Time, like an ever-rolling stream, soon bears us all away; we fly forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening day.
Our God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, still be our guard while troubles last, and our eternal home!
May the Lord our God help you in whatever season of life you are experiencing and may he draw you close to himself and bless you with comfort and strength and meet every need in body, soul and spirit. Even so come Lord Jesus.
Wes Mason is a native of Richmond VA. He served in the USAF after graduating in 1974 and lived in NM, TX, MA and the UK. While in TX, he recognized God’s calling on his life and was ordained in a small Pentecostal Church in 1984. He moved to Boston to finish college, and while there, was involved in campus ministries as a student leader and a prison ministry volunteer. After college Wes moved back to Richmond in 87, very quickly was asked to be part of the Good news Jail and Prison Ministry at Henrico County Jail west. Currently Wes provides pulpit supply for 11 local Baptist churches. He’s married to my wife Cindy, a school teacher since 88, and has 2 great sons. Wes is a member of Hunton Baptist Church in Glen Allen, Va. Wes plays the 5 string banjo and guitar for a hobby. You can connect with Wes via email: firstname.lastname@example.org