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What Kind Of Man Is This?

Matthew 8:27

The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

112015 Ray McDonaldWhen I was growing up – there were certain people in my life that I thought were bigger than life. My dad was one of them. He could do anything – it seemed – and do them well. He was strong and could work circles around many of the other men at church when they had workdays. He always seemed to know how to fix things. He passed this gene down to my younger brother. My younger brother is an amazing man of God and a good friend for sure and he can do anything! I look up to men and women who can do things I can’t do – especially those who work with their hands (my wife is the fix-it person in our home). One of my sons is like this – he can do most anything he focuses on with his mind and hands.

Are there people in your life who can do things that amaze you? Most often it is the people who can do things we cannot. I have some friends I love to play golf with because they are so good at the game. They can hit the ball so far or have such an amazing touch around the greens. I enjoy watching them and picking up pointers along the way.

Are there people in your life who can do things that amaze you? Most often it is the people who can do things we cannot. Jesus must have been One who amazed people. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Matthew 8:23–27 – 23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. 27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Wouldn’t this experience make you look at Jesus differently? Wouldn’t this make you sit up and take notice? Here is another experience that made people sit up and take notice of Jesus. When Jesus had been teaching – Matthew records some of His teachings together that we call the Sermon on the Mount – this is recorded. Matthew 7:28–29 – 28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law. When Jesus taught – He taught with authority – not like the so-called teachers of the law. This made people sit up and take notice.

Jesus showed authority – not just over nature and with His teaching – but over the spiritual world as well. This story recorded in Luke – reveals Jesus’ power over evil spirits. Luke 4:31–37 –31 Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he taught the people. 32 They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority. 33 In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, 34 “Go away! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” 35 “Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly. “Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him. 36 All the people were amazed and said to each other, “What words these are! With authority and power he gives orders to impure spirits and they come out!” 37 And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area.

Had we been at any of these events – would we have said – “What kind of man is this? Would we have been amazed? Are we amazed today as we have the whole of the Bible to understand Jesus? Do we live in amazement? Do we live in awe? If not – we certainly should.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.


April 28, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Thanks for helping me get to your devotion. YBIC, David

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    Comment by David Lewis | April 28, 2016 | Reply

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