Devotional – Matthew 8

23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” 26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.27 And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

There are so many wonderful truths revealed to us in this brief passage that speak of the person of Jesus Christ. First, notice how when the storms rose up and began to swamp the boat Jesus was asleep. Sleep is a human attribute, it speaks of his humanity. Jesus needed sleep, he required sleep. God does not need to sleep, in fact the Scriptures tells us that he neither sleeps nor slumbers, but God in human flesh while he was on this earth needed sleep just like all of humanity. He was sleeping through the storm. He has a peace, a comfort knowing that the storm was not there to destroy him, or even kill him. He was on a mission and his time of death was appointed to be on a Roman cross. So he could sleep. Second, notice that the disciples, even the ones who had made their living fishing these same waters were full of fear, fear for their lives. They did not have the same assurance as the Jesus did, but what little faith they had they knew to turn to the Lord to save them. Third, Jesus rebukes the wind and the waves and they come to a halt, the sea once raging has been calmed, what was once chaos was now peace. The disciples marvel because no one has ever spoken to the wind and controlled it, no one has spoken to the sea and calmed it. Jesus did this miracle in their midst to show them that he was in fact God, the Creator of all the universe which he brought into existence through the voice of his command and with the voice of his command he controls every part of creation. If we think about it, it was God himself in his sovereignty that brought about the storm in the first place and it was God who caused the storm to cease. The Lord of all creation is the one in control. He is the master of all that exists and he stood in human flesh before the disciples proving to them both his humanity (by sleeping) and his deity (by calming the storm) so that they might grow in their faith and believe that Jesus was the Messiah, the Savior, the God-man. Oh how glorious these truths should be to us that God would condescend to us to become a man that he might save his people. We serve a wonderful Lord who not only has control of the wind and the sea, but everything that enters into your own life. Turn to him, seek him, look to him.

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