Illustration: Rembrandt- “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee” borrowed from wikimedia.org
Notice Rembrandt painted himself in the center of boat with Jesus and disciples. He is the one looking directly at you.
This is entitled perfect storm because we grow and mature during storms of life.
It is perfect because Jesus is with us, and He knows what He's doing.
How many of you have been on a cruise?
I want to invite you to come on a virtual cruise. You may say, I thought this conference was about praising God in the storm.
This is not your ordinary cruise. It is not for the faint-hearted.
It is more for thrill seekers! We got any roller-coaster riders?
Well let me assure you, the Captain has NEVER LOST A PASSENGER!
And it is GUARANTEED HE NEVER WILL…GLORY!!!
HE CONTROLS THE WINDS AND THE SEAS AND HIS PASSENGERS CANNOT DIE!!! You cannot drown when you are in the arms of the MASTER OF THE SEA!!! HALLELUJAH!!!
When we went on a cruise to the Bahamas, one of the crew told us that if we experience sea sickness just go up out on deck and look at the horizon. You know that is like looking into eternity. If you get sick at heart on this journey called life, just take a look at the spiritual horizon. This life is not all there is. We have to keep our eyes on the eternal… on Jesus. One day we will look back from eternity and see how God brought us through!
Our virtual cruise is taking us across the Sea of Galilee with Jesus and his disciples.
Before our cruise starts we have to go over the safety procedures.
As a result of the Titanic tragedy there are now safety rules for cruising.
By the way, crew members were heard telling passengers of the Titanic as they boarded, “Not even God could sink this ship.” I can’t help but wonder if that was their invitation for disaster.
SOLAS stands for Safety Of Life At Sea The GOSPEL is OUR ETERNAL SAFETY (I Cor. 15:3 & 4)
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
When you got saved you boarded the gospel ship. But this journey is like a Night cruise – we only see our way by faith.
Jesus was teaching from a “ship” on the shore of Galilee. Ship is the term used in the New Testament for boat. It was believed to be very similar to the 1st century boat discovered on the Galilean shore during a drought in 1986. They called it the Jesus Boat.
Jesus had a good reason to go to the other side, and the storm caused them to get to the other side just in time for a Divine appointment for an exorcism. And this was no Linda Blair style event where the demons get the best of the priest. Oh no Jesus had full control of the situation, but you’ll have to read Mk. 5 to see how that turns out.
· Waves beat until boat full of water – not good
· Half the disciples being fisherman of the Lake knew this was a storm they could not survive. They said, “Jesus, we are dying and you are sleeping!”
· Jesus was asleep because it was time to sleep – night and he was exhausted from the events of the day. This revealed Jesus’ humanity & divinity. He was exhausted, but he had no fear of the storm.
Jesus stopped the wind and the waves immediately.
All cruise ships have muster stations and you are instructed before embarkation to go to your muster station if there is an emergency. This is a requirement of SOLAS. The definition of muster is to Take Inventory of people.
Who’s In Your Boat? Who is the Master In Your Boat? Are you saved? Are you letting him be the captain? We have Peace (Mk. 4:39) Jesus is our peace. Eph. 2:14, Is. 32:17, Is. 9:6 Two questions to ask yourself…When did you get lost? When did you get peace? We have God’s Power (Mk. 4:41) (Nahum 1:3, 7) God has a Place for us and sometimes it takes a storm to get us there. (Jn. 6:21)
Is there a Mutineer In Your Boat? A rebel against authority? Jonah was running from God. He resented the Ninevites, and was unconcerned for their souls.
Jonah got into the storm by being disobedient. The disciples got into the storm by being obedient. There are others in the same boat.
Believe it or not there are others who have been thru storms greater than this (greater than yours and mine). And they made it through!! The devil wants us to think we are the only one who facing or has faced this. He wants us to think it is impossible to get thru this. Then God will allow someone to come along and put their arm around us and say. “I understand, I’ve been there. Let me tell you how God brought me thru.”
(1 Cor. 10:13, I Peter 5:5-9) The people in the other boats would witness the power of God as the 12 did. And they were all in awe.
Think of Noah and the storm he and his family faced.
In May of 2008 a tornado destroyed our church building. In June of 2007 a different kind of storm nearly destroyed our church.
Jesus faced a great storm when he died on the cross and shed his blood for the sins of the world. Not only the pain and agony though they were great. But just think…the sinless, purest, Son of the living God became sin (not a sinner) but sin. Think about what he might have gone through anticipating the cross, knowing he would become sin.
2Co_5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
The disciples' storm was a monsoon or great storm. You may be in a monsoon. Half the disciples being fisherman knew this was a storm they could not survive. They said, “Jesus, we are dying and you are sleeping!” It’s okay to come to the Lord in desperation during your storm. After all that is what he wants us to do. He may have created this storm, or at least allowed it upon us, so we would run to Him. He wants us to come to Him and learn that his grace is sufficient.
Notice they didn’t say- Lord please calm this storm. They didn’t know he could because they were amazed when he did. They just asked him if he cared that they were fixing to die. They might have even been including Jesus in that “we perish.”
They had seen him do many miracles, but had not seen him take control of the very atmosphere.
But when they came to him and woke him up. He said peace be still. (Mk 4:39)
What is your storm?
Financial, physical, relationship, an enemy, the enemy?
Our emotions are part of the storm. We can’t let them get the best of us.
Emotions can take you places God never intended for you to go.
Emotions do not follow facts. They follow “what ifs.”
Emotions tell you things are a whole lot worse than they are.
We have to encourage ourselves in the Lord like David did when everybody was ready to stone him. (1 Sam. 30:6) (2 Cor. 10:5) (1 Pet. 1:13)
We have to tell ourselves “God is still in control.”
Eph 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
When you do this you will take control of your emotions.
Instead of being controlled by them.
How? Go to Jesus for help like the disciples did. Prayer and The Word
They ask Him, that’s prayer. They got a word from Him, “peace, be still”
Jesus performed a miracle. That is a supernatural work for an impossible problem. Jesus showed that he was God, an impeccable person. He is God incarnate, God in human flesh.
Notice Jesus didn’t pray and ask God to do it, he did it himself. He wanted them to know he had that kind of power because he wanted them to know He is God.
The message is more important than the miracle. (vs. 41) There was a rhetorical question
with a remarkable answer. "What manner of man is this..."
Well, Psalm 107:29, speaking of God says, "He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
Our reasonable response is to proclaim His name with our actions and words, and praise His name even in the storm.We can be a witness to the lost world when we show them God in our storms. This shows the world that there is a God and we can trust Him.
We can praise Him in the storm. James 1:2 “count it all joy…”
Remember ladies you cannot drown in the arms of the Master of the Sea
Mark 5:1 says “And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.”
Ladies, they made it to the other side. God will get you to the other side of your storm! And the still small voice in me says, Glory!