Following and Sovereignty

…a scribe…said to Him [Jesus], “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go…Another…said to Him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father…And Jesus said…, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.” And when He got into the boat, His disciples followed…there arose a great storm…the boat…swamped…but He was asleep. And they…woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing…He rose and rebuked the winds and the sea…the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

Matthew 8:19-27

After Jesus’ stay at Peter’s house and the miracles He had worked there, a scribe came to Jesus and said he would follow Jesus wherever He went. Jesus tells the scribe that He has no earthly home, no earthly possessions, except the clothes He wears. While there is no further conversation, in Scripture, with this scribe, we understand, from Jesus’ response, that following our Savior and Lord requires our complete faith and confidence in Him to supply all our needs, sometimes our wants, and to give of ourselves all that we are and ever will be. To emphasize this, another disciple asks Jesus to allow him to bury his father and, then, he will follow Him. In Jesus response, Jesus may, undeservedly, sound like an ogre as He says, “…leave the dead to bury their own dead.” Our Lord is telling His followers that the Christian must be willing to follow Christ first, then, to do those human responsibilities required in this earthly life. All that the Christian is and does is to the glory of the Lord of Glory. Even attending to this mortal life’s responsibilities must be done to God’s Glory. We must remember to glorify God in all things! Then, Jesus and His Disciples (the 12) get into a boat to travel to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. A storm arises while they are rowing. Storms arise, even today, upon this sea because of the contour of the land surrounding the sea making something of a tunnel to direct the wind/storms upon the waters. Scared for their lives, they awaken Jesus, sleeping calmly, to say they are about to die and here He is asleep! In Jesus’ first response to His Disciples, “…O you of little faith…,” we learn that, even those who were with Jesus, in His earthly ministry, were scared to death. Christians, today, must exercise great faith that our Lord is sovereign over all creation, even those things that scare us “to death.” As a further sign of the Disciples “little faith,” they were even more frightened that Jesus displayed His sovereign control over the wind and the waves. Christians, let us contemplate these events and live our lives to the One who controls ALL things of His creation! May our God increase our faith today!!

Source: S C Ball






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