Who Is This Man?
“Instability, insecurity, and fear.” Name three words to describe what you are feeling in the days we are now living. Unfortunately, this isn’t a TV show; this is life in real time.
You have no doubt seen a movie clip of a person who accidentally steps into the path of an approaching vehicle with only enough time to close their eyes to shield the inevitable. Though they can no longer see the approaching object of their demise, it does not divert the tragedy.
Movies have producers and directors and can alter a scene of imminent tragedy if they choose by scripting the arrival of a superhero, or having the victim sit up in bed panicked and realizing the experience was a nightmare and not reality.
In real time though, without some unexplainable out of the ordinary intervention to rescue, a tragic outcome is inevitable. The absence of assurance of some intervening rescue is what frays your emotions and leaves you the vulnerable victim to the trio of villains: Instability, Insecurity, and Fear.
Given the current state of national and global events, we seem to be standing in a most vulnerable moment with potential tragedy rapidly approaching. There is a hopeful solution of certainty and out of the ordinary rescue to be sure, but unfortunately it is often and sadly omitted from the script.
There is a story to illustrate this; an authentic one actually. A story of some men who found themselves in what they surmised was a situation leaving only a dire conclusion. In the vessel with the men, was also the trio of villains already declaring a victory, when the unexplainable materialized and altered the script.
The Journey that Flipped the Script
The story is of a few men who set sail across a calm sea for what they assumed would be an uneventful voyage to their destination. However, their journey was disrupted by a sudden, unexpected storm far too severe for their vessel to remain afloat.
Also on the boat was the person who had enlisted them for the sea crossing. Oddly, instead of him falling victim to Instability, Insecurity, and Fear, he was fast asleep in the back of the craft and woke only after his travelling mates pleaded in shouts for his help. “Teacher, don’t you even care that we are going to drown?”
The next part of the story is a breath taker indeed. The teacher wakes, but with no apparent concern for the perilous situation. He doesn’t reach for something to bail water, nor does he grab a floatable object to survive in the turbulent waters. He instead introduces the unexpected and out of the ordinary. He scripts into the scene an impossible act: a supernatural feat of rescue. He simply spoke a rebuke to the wind and the waves, “Silence! Be still!” and with suddenness, the storm ceased, and the waters calmed. Then he turned to his shipmates and said, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
His travelling companions who should have been relieved and amazed, were now “absolutely terrified. ‘Who is this man?’ they asked each other. ‘Even the wind and waves obey him!”
Who is This Man That the Wind and Waves Obey?
Who is this man?Withover two thousand years of accumulated mystery, controversy, and challenge to his position, he is and will continue to be: Messiah, Savior of the world, Redeemer, Light of the world, Creator and Sustainer of all things, King of kings, Lord of Lords, Emmanuel, God with us, the Alpha and Omega the beginning and the end, Yes, he is Jesus Christ the only Son of the Father!
He is the only certain rescue and hope for your every dilemma, confrontation, concern, and challenge. He is your, unexplainable, out of the ordinary, intervention.
He is often, and unfortunately, intentionally omitted from people’s life scripts for one reason or another. Don’t write him out of yours. For he is the way, the truth, and the life for you.
There is a wonderful promise for everyone who invites him to write the scripts of their lives, “Whoever believes in him will not be disappointed.” (Romans 10:11)