Imagine you lived in the expectant times of Roman rule and you were following the one who just might be the one prophecy foretold.
The day you just witnessed was amazing. Your master spent the morning teaching in a way that no other Rabbi dared teach. Rabbi’s traditionally quoted the sayings of other Rabbi’s and juxtaposed opposing opinions to point to the truth that was held in the tension.
Jesus didn’t do that. He taught as one who had authority. He said to consider yourself happy when everyone else would consider you pitied. He said if you’re angry with your brother its the same as murder and if you look lustfully at a women its the same as adultery. He taught about loving your enemies and avoiding the pomp in your oaths, your prayer and your fasting. He said to store up your treasures in heaven and not worry about your life. He said to not judge, to ask, seek and knock. He warned about producing good fruit…
it was the first time he taught like this… it was the first time anyone taught like this.
Then He followed up talking about the Kingdom with showing the Kingdom at work. Jesus came down from the mountain and healed a man with leprosy. From a distance, He healed a Centurion’s servant. He healed Peter’s mother-in-law and then drove out spirits with a word and healed all the sick brought to him.
At the end of the day you get into a boat with Him to sail to the other side of the lake. He curled up on some pillows and went to sleep. You helped with the oars and considered the amazing day you just witnessed, still a little perplexed at what He taught.
You felt the cool wind blow in off the mountains from the Mediterranean and you knew what would happen as it mixed with the warm air around the lake. Jewish history didn’t product a slew of sailors. It’s first was… well, Jonah. And later Paul would go to sea and get shipwrecked. Solomon had a trading fleet, but it was mainly outsourced. Jehoshaphat tried to do the same in his reign, but they never set sail.
Still, you’re probably a fishermen, and you know the lake, and you didn’t need the waves to come crashing over the side before you knew their could be trouble. So by the time the waves had almost swamped the boat, you were downright panicked.
And Jesus was there at rest in the storm.
Let’s learn how we can as well. What are your thoughts on how we can?