Sunday, January 30, 2011
Epiphany 4: A Devotional Commentary
Romans 13:8-10 Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not give false testimony,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other commandments there are, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love doesn’t harm a neighbor. Love therefore is the fulfillment of the law.
Matthew 8:23-27 When he got into a boat, his disciples followed him. Behold, a violent storm came up on the sea, so much that the boat was covered with the waves, but he was asleep. They came to him, and woke him up, saying, “Save us, Lord! We are dying!” He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the wind and the sea, and there was a great calm. The men marveled, saying, “What kind of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
What are you afraid of? Are you afraid of losing your job? Are you afraid people won't like you? Do you fear for your family? Are you afraid of dying? We have such little faith. We are afraid of so many things even though Jesus who even the wind and sea obey is here with us. Jesus does not always stop the wind and the sea but He gives us peace in the midst of the wind and the sea. He may not keep the wind and the sea from killing us but He gives us life.
Jesus suffered the drowning that we deserve. Jesus was cast into the sea of our sin in His baptism and cleansed the waters by taking our sin upon Himself. He drowned in your sins at His crucifixion and spent three days in the belly of the earth so that you will be a partaker in His resurrection. Do not be afraid. Jesus--the One who controls the wind and the sea died for you and will keep you to the end.
Posted by Chuck Wiese at 12:01 AM