‘What sort of man is this?’ (One-Year Bible #11)

Jesus then got into the boat, and his disciples followed. All at once a great storm arose on the lake, till the waves were breaking right over the boat; but he went on sleeping. So they came and woke him, saying: ‘Save us, Lord; we are sinking!’ ‘Why are you such cowards?’ he said. ‘How little faith you have!’ With that he got up and rebuked the wind and the sea, and there was a dead calm. The men were astonished at what had happened, and exclaimed, ‘What sort of man is this? Even the wind and the sea obey him.’ (Matthew 8.23-27 REB).

At first the disciples would have seen Jesus as merely human. A very special human, no doubt – inspiring, compelling, remarkable, even Messianic – but still merely human. They had categories to fit him into.

But then he started behaving in ways that didn’t fit those categories. Giving commands to the weather, for instance – commands which were obeyed. Now they were confounded. “What sort of man is this?”

Lord Jesus, I know many people who see you as merely human. But I know that when I read the gospels, you make no sense to me as ‘just a man’. You speak with the authority of God. The wind and the sea obey you. Help me today to listen to your voice. Amen.

(Today’s One Year Bible readings are Genesis 24.52 – 26.16, Matthew 8.18-34, Psalm 10.1-15, and Proverbs 3.7-8)

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