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Christ was God upon Earth
6/15 Reading Portions: Deuteronomy 20; Psalm 107; Isaiah 47; Revelation 17
He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Psalm 107:29
When Jesus commissioned His disciples to preach the good news of the kingdom of heaven, He empowered them to heal “the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, [and] cast out demons” (Matt 10:8). These were miracles Jesus had already performed. Therefore, when His disciples performed these miraculous signs, these wonders authenticated their message as the same truth taught by Israel’s Messiah, Jesus Christ. The mission of the commission was for the disciples to proclaim:
“The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 10:7
…which was the same message Jesus preached when He began His ministry (Matt 4:17).
At one point during the Lord’s ministry, He entered a boat with His disciples in order to cross the sea of Galilee (Mark 4:36). Jesus was asleep on a little pillow in the stern of the boat when a huge storm arose, filling the boat with water as waves broke over the bow and the sides (Mark 4:37-38). His disciples were terrified, and they woke the Lord, saying, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” When Jesus awoke, He rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” The disciples were filled with fear when they saw the wind stilled and the sea calmed. They said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (Mark 4:41). Who, indeed?
When Jesus commissioned the twelve, Judas Iscariot was among them, healing the sick and casting out demons, etc. An unbelieving sinner like Judas can perform miracles such as these. Satan’s work is powerful and manifests with lying signs and wonders (2 Th 2:9). Yet only God can calm the sea or turn water to wine. Who calmed the storm in Galilee? The only One that distressed men can cry to: the LORD (Psa 107:28). Jesus is very God.
Christ calm’d the storm in violent seas
And made the water wine;
He is the God of all who sees
And gives sight to the blind.
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