Matthew 14:22-33 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
Being in a storm is never fun. As a child, we did not understand the nature of a thunderstorm. We knew rain came with the storm, but the rain is usually not all that scaryis not all that scary. When the lightening illuminates the sky, thunder crashes and the winds blow, we all start to worry. What will the storm bring? What dangers will we face in the storm? We may not be able to see what is going on around us. As the storm rages, what damage is being done? What will be our loss? Yes, we often fear the storm. In the passage we read, the disciples were in a storm, surrounded by the crashing of the waves, being buffeted by the wind. What would their fate be? How would they survive. There appeared to be no hope for them. No one to rescue them. However, there was more happening than they realized.
As the disciples rowed and toiled against the storm, they could not see everything that was happening. They forgot that Jesus could not only see the storm, but could see them in the storm. Moreover, Jesus was in complete control of the storm. Jesus was not surprised by the storm. He knew exactly what the disciples would face and when they would face it. In fact, as the storm was raging, Jesus was watching his disciples. Eventually, Jesus came to the disciples. We can read the passage and see the various miracles which occurred. Of course, Jesus walking on the water is the most well-known miracle in this account. We also know of Peter’s leap of faith. And, yes, Peter did also walk, for a moment, on the water. Another miracle is Jesus’ rescue of Peter. Finally, we see Jesus taming the storm. The miracles are wonderful. They were evidence to the disciples and are evidence to us that Jesus really is the Son of God. That He is all powerful. But suppose, for just a moment, that there was no storm. Suppose the disciples had refused to go into the ship? Remember, Jesus, knowing that the storm was coming, sent them into the ship, into the danger of the storm. Supposed they had missed the storm. It was only because they were in the midst of the storm that they were able to see these miracles. Were it not for the storm, we would not have the account of Jesus, and Peter walking on the water. We would lose an account of Jesus calming a storm. These evidences are certainly not necessary, but the experience had a great effect on the disciples. They saw great and notorious miracles because they were in the storm.
We cannot see the beginning of the storm and when we are in the midst of the storm, we cannot see the end. All we know is that we are surrounded by trouble. However, we must remember that Jesus did see the beginning of the storm and can see the end of the storm. Jesus knows exactly what the storm will bring and what dangers we will face in the storm. We must also remember that it is in the darkest time of the storm that we will see the greatest miracle.
In light of the recent decision of the Supreme Court to expand the definition of marriage to include that which is perverted, we must ask why the definition of marriage is so important.
Ephesians 5:21-33 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
In this passage, we see a definition of the order of the home. Most preaching seems to stop there, however, there is a great gem in our understanding of the home to be found here.
First, we should look at the order of the home. In the order of the home, within the home, we see the husband as the head of the home – the leader. Notice, in this order, there is only one husband, as there really can only be one leader. As one of my favorite preachers says, “Anything with two heads is a monster.” Though the husband is the head of the home, we see a style of leadership defined for the husband. The husband is the leader of the home as Christ is the leader of the church. This is an extraordinarily high standard. To equate the role of the husband with the role of Christ is no small undertaking. There are many aspects to Christ’s leadership.
The most prominent aspect of Christ’s leadership of the church is Christ’s love for the church. How much did Christ love His church? Jesus loved the church so much that He temporarily set aside His deity and lowered Himself to the level of a man. Jesus endured all the aspects, the infirmities, the frailties, and even the temptations of man. In addition to enduring all that any man endures, Jesus loved His church so much that He also willingly laid down His life for the church. Jesus endured ridicule at the hands of His very creation. Jesus endured beatings without cause for the sake of His church and though wholly without sin, Jesus endured the cross. While on the cross, Jesus endured unimaginable physical pain. What was worse than any physical pain, was the pain of the sin of all mankind. What we cannot begin to fathom is the guilt that Jesus endured. During His time on the cross, the guilt of every sin committed by every person who has ever lived and who will ever live in the future was upon His shoulders. My guilt for one sin is enough. I cannot imagine even the pain of all of my sin at one time. Jesus endured the guilt of every sin ever committed or every sin which will ever be endured. Then, if that was not enough, for a time, Jesus had to endure the rejection of God the Father. All of this, because Jesus loved the church. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. What a high standard we husbands have.Continue reading →