Jesus Calms the Storm
Passage: Matthew 8:23–8:27
Jesus Calms the Storm
Matthew 8: 23-27
Pastor David Lovi
August 21, 2017
I’m so glad to speak on this passage of scripture today, and that the Lord has brought you here and me here this day to this place so we could open up His Word and read it and see that Jesus is the answer to all of our problems.
This chapter of scripture in Matthew chapter 8, and even the next one in chapter 9, is full of so much misery. In the beginning of chapter 8, we saw a man who had an incurable disease of leprosy, who at that time was commanded by the law to stay away from people. He lost not only his health but also his society that he loved. His family. His job. Everything.
But Jesus was the answer to his problem. He came to Jesus, he brought his problem to Jesus and Jesus has a solution for it.
Then we saw a centurion who had a servant who was paralyzed. What is paralyzation but misery? But the centurion brought the problem of his servant’s miserable state to Jesus and Jesus was the solution to it.
How many people in this room have been sick as a dog in your life, temperature of 103, or even higher? What would you say about that state? Wouldn’t you say it’s misery?
But Jesus was the solution. He came to Peter’s mother-in-law, He touched her, and she was healed.
Then many people were brought to Him. They saw Jesus as the answer to their problem. They brought to Him many who were oppressed by demons, which I’m sure would be miserable. He cast out the demons with a word and He healed all who were miserably sick. This to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.”
Of course then, there were people who wanted to follow Jesus. And he told them what the cost of discipleship was. We learned about that last week.
And here we’re going to see another form of misery. We, in this world, are broken and the world is broken. That is a fundamental truth that honestly outside of the Bible’s explanation for why that is, the world has no explanation for that.
It has no explanation for why we suffer. It has no explanation for why we die. It has no explanation for natural disasters. It has no explanation for cellular disasters in our bodies.
It has no explanation other than this is just how it is. Not only does it not have an explanation, it also has no solution for those things.
The world has no solutions to our problems. Whether they be physical diseases, or natural disasters, or emotional problems, or relational problems. It has no explanation.
Even psychology fails. And psychiatry fails. All they do is just address the symptoms of the problem, but they never actually get to the root of the problem itself. It would be a bad doctor who only addresses the symptoms of the problem and not getting to the root of the issue, the root of the disease.
But the Bible does that. It gets to the root. It says our main problem is that we have a broken relationship with God. We live in rebellion and there are actual physical consequences, emotional consequences, nature consequences, and life consequences that come from that. It’s the only explanation for the state in which we find ourselves. And there’s only one solution.
We see it. That’s what the Bible is about. Jesus is the solution for everything. Jesus is worthy. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords and not only that, He came down from heaven and bore our diseases and took our sins upon Himself in His body on the tree.
He’s the solution for all our problems.
Today we’re going to see how He’s the solution for a terrible situation where the disciples are going to be in a boat in the midst of a terrible storm. A storm which threatens to capsize them and turn them over into the Sea of Galilee.
And Jesus once again is the solution to our problems and to theirs.
I wish I could spend longer on our time together on this passage. I encourage you to read this section of scripture again tonight so it would reiterate to our own hearts, to your heart, to mine, and mediate on this and reiterate the fact that Jesus is really the solution.
If you have a problem in your marriage, what’s the solution? Jesus. It’s the only thing I can ever preach. Every time. If you’re new here at this church, I only have one sermon. My only sermon I ever preach is Jesus. He’s the only sermon I can preach. He’s the only solution. The only one worthy of our worship. Read this passage, meditate on it, think about the implications in your own life.