Somebody Needs To Hear Your Story

Mark 4:36-39
“Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
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At the end of the fourth chapter of Mark is an amazing story of Jesus commanding the wind and waves.
Specific Intent.
Jesus was intent on traveling the length of the Sea of Galilee.  He was headed toward the region of the Gadarenes, so called because the tribe of Gad was allotted this land.  He was going there for a specific intent:  To rescue a poor, hopelessly demon-possessed man who lived among the tombs there.
This unnamed man had been in the clutches of a legion of demons for many years.  A legion is more than 6,000, folks!  In fact it’s somewhere between 6-9,000! Yikes!  He was unquestionably THE MOST demon-possessed man of all time!

A Great Windstorm. 

Jesus was on His way; NO! He was making a B-line, directly across the Sea of Galillee when suddenly “a great windstorm arose,” the account says.  It “arose” alright…with more than a little help. Those demons that possessed this man were roiling up the waters in an effort to sink the boat to stop Jesus. They knew He was coming for them.

{Yawn} You can see how “concerned” Jesus was: HE WAS SLEEPING IN THE STERN OF THE BOAT ON A PILLOW!  That’s because He is never concerned about anything the devil is doing.
His disciples, on the other hand, were terrified!  The boat was rapidly filling with water and they feared it would founder!  They rushed over to wake Jesus up.  He arose in response to the cries of His loved ones and rebuked the wind.  All He said was one word in Hebrew:  “SHALOM.”  Afterward it says in the Greek text that there was a “MEGA CALM.”
(For a more complete understanding of the word, “Shalom,” follow this link:  https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/03/06/shalom-שלום/)
Shakey Faith.
The disciples were even more frightened than before!  “But He {Jesus} said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” Mark 4:40-41
He was amazed at their response because they had seen countless miracles, multitudes healed of every kind of disease, had a front-row seat as crowds of people were fed from 5 loaves of bread and 2 tiny fish the size of sardines!
These things didn’t just happen once, mind you.  The Bible records that He did so many miracles that there are not enough books in the world to contain an account of them all!  He was very often quite incredulous!   But it was only a gentle rebuke in the most kindly way.  He wasn’t angry with them.
New Hidden In The Old.
Jesus did countless miracles but the Holy Spirit has only recorded 33.  Why?  In order to paint pictures for us of this wonderful Jesus!  Was He angry at their disbelief?   No.  He was actually quite amused that they were shocked when He calmed the storm with one word.
For more on this topic, follow the link below:
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The Blessings Of Jacob?
Amazingly, this event was foretold in one of the blessing Jacob spoke over his sons.  Ever read them all?  Some are more than a little strange, particularly the one he spoke over his 7th son.
Gad, like his brother, Benjamin, must have thought Dad had a screw loose when he heard the following word recorded for us in Genesis 49:19.
“Gad, a troop {a legion} shall tramp upon him, But he shall triumph at last.”  
A troop shall what???  “Tramp on him?  A troop is more than 6,000 soldiers!
Prophetic Elements. 
Now where have we seen that number before?!  Oh yes; that’s the number of demons in that man!  You see, there are prophetic elements in all the blessing over his sons.  The Holy Spirit was once again painting beautiful pictures of Jesus for us!  Isn’t God good?!
NO ONE Is Beyond Hope.
Lest anyone, believer or not, feel that they are beyond redemption or that they’re too far gone, do you think you could ever be worse off than this demoniac?  In order to be possessed by that many demons, he had obviously “dabbled” a whole lot of the things of this world for a long time.
At last, however, he got so tangled up with evil that NO ONE COULD HELP HIM.
 
No one, that is, but Jesus!
HE LOVES YOU!  He knows each and every one of you and calls you BY NAME.  If you call out to Him, He will make a “B-line” toward you too, just for the asking.  It doesn’t matter what your problem is, how hopeless the situation you’re in right now or how bad you’ve been.  He will redeem you out of it, even if it’s of your own making.
END RESULT.
Look at what happened after this man was  delivered:  He went and preached the Gospel in 10 cities!  I guarantee you MANY came to believe in Jesus because of his incredible story.

 

Tell Your Story.

If you already know this wonderful Jesus, you, like me, have been no doubt been delivered from many things.  If not, all you need to do is ask Him to save you and to redeem you out of it.  Then do like this formerly demon-possessed man:

Tell someone else your story.  Tell them about YOUR JESUS.  I guarantee that somebody out there needs to hear your story.

2 thoughts on “Somebody Needs To Hear Your Story

  1. https://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/bible-stories/6/
    Jesus Christ – Biblical Figure – Biography.com
    http://www.biography.com/people/jesus-christ-9354382
    They are written to engender faith in Jesus as the Messiah and the incarnation of God, who came to teach, suffer and die for people’s sins. Jesus was born circa 6 B.C. in Bethlehem. His mother, Mary, was a virgin who was betrothed to Joseph, a carpenter. Christians believe Jesus was born through Immaculate Conception.
    The Glory Of Graceful Hallelujah LORD JESUS CHRIST have Mercy shine through the Truth and Blessings 💟 AMEN n AMEN 💟⛪💒💟

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