Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
The Miracle of Assurance
The miracle of calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee was proof that Jesus was the Son of God, but this miracle left the disciples bewildered and confused as to who Jesus was. Who was this man who could command the wind and the waves to be quiet and they would obey?
The disciples were naturally afraid of what a furious storm could do, because of their knowledge and experience. However, this man called Jesus, whom they had made a decision to follow in ministry, had the power to control nature, and this was just as alarming for them.
One may wonder why Jesus decided to take the boat to the other side of the lake that day, but all we know for sure is that the disciples were obedient to his request. This obedience gave them the opportunity to witness a great miracle that exhibited the deity of Christ and gave them something that they could remember for the rest of their lives. Because of their faith in him, they could weather other storms that came their way.
This story reminds us today that Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, is the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity. We are his people, and by our faith we should remain obedient to his will by the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Our faith will not guarantee us that we will not have storms in our lives. However, we do have the assurance that when the storms come, our Lord will be with us to either remove them or sustain us through them for the glory of God.
Tim Sapp, pastor, Advent Moravian Church,
Winston-Salem, North Carolina