1. Hello listening friends,
2. Welcome back to these series of message from Johns’ Gospel.
3. We are studying the miracles of Jesus.
4. Whom Johns calls signs.
5. And I left you in the last broadcast with this question:
6. Did Jesus know of the disciples’ predicament in the water:
7. Did Jesus know that the disciples were caught in the middle of a storm?
8. The answer is yes,
9. Of course He know that they were battling the storm.
10. But why did Jesus not stop the storm immediately?
11. Here are His disciples caught in a storm that is not of their own making.
12. You and I often find ourselves in a tempest that we have not caused.
13. Sometimes we find ourselves taking a battering not of our own making.
14. Examples would be like the folks I have known and visited recently.
15. They lost their jobs,
16. They lose promotions.
17. They lose money.
18. They lose in every way.
19. They lose simply because they refuse to bow their knees and worship a god other than the Lord Jesus Christ.
20. You and I face some strange storms in life.
21. The storm may be in our health.
22. The storm may be in our loneliness.
23. The storm may be in betrayal of a family member or a friend.
24. The storm may be in our rejection by others.
25. The storm may be in our fear.
26. Or in our family.
27. Or in our jobs.
28. Jesus knows all about the storms in your life.
29. He is watching you from the mountaintop.
30. He is feeling with you.
31. He is sharing with you.
32. He is in the midst of it with you.
33. In Daniel 6, I want you to see Daniel standing firm for his faith.
34. He stood firm even when he was about to be devoured by hungry lions.
35. Not one time do you find Daniel to be saying (as many of us would have said) “Lord… is this they way you treat your friends?”
36. “Lord… is this the reward for my faithfulness?”
37. “Lord… I thought you would give me a reward for my faithfulness.”
38. Not Daniel.
39. What Daniel knew… is that before the lions could touch him, the shield of the Lord would cover him.
40. So, he marches toward this lion’s den like a hero in a marching parade.
41. Saying: A My God is able… my God is able… My God is able.
42. Back in John, on the storm tossed waters, the disciples did not know where Jesus was.
43. However, even when He was praying in the mountains they were still in the hollow of His hands.
44. When you find yourself in the midst of the tempestuous trials,
45. You can rest in the assurance that the Lord is watching over you.
46. You can rest in the assurance that the Lord is never far away from you.
47. You can rest in the assurance that the Lord sticks to you closer than a brother.
48. Listen to Chronicles 16:9
for the eyes of the LORD run to and from throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him… (2 Chr 16:9a KJV)
49. I am reminded of a story about a businessman who owed money to the bank
50. And when he received a phone call from the banker who said to him, “I am worried about your load at the bank.”
51. The businessman’s reply was,
52. There is no use both of us worrying over the same thing. And he hung up the phone.
53. There is no use… for both you and Jesus to stay up all night.
54. He has to stay up anyway so why don’t you go to sleep.
55. Notice that Jesus did not come to His disciples the minute they found themselves in the storm.
56. In John 11, Jesus did not go to Bethany the moment He received the news of Lazarus’ serious illness, either.
58. Because Jesus always has purpose in His delay.
59. This time, Jesus does not come to His disciples until the fourth watch that is between 3 and 6 am.
60. The headwind was so strong… that they rowed only 3 miles in 6 hours.
61. They were going at the speed of about 900 meters an hour.
62. Have you ever rowed in a strong headwind for 6 hours?
63. I never have and pray to God, never will!
64. After the first few minutes I would have been singing…” Nearer My God to Thee”.
65. At least 4 of the disciples were seasoned sailors who made their living on the sea
66. They knew how to handle a boat in the rough waters.
67. But these veteran seamen also knew that they were in trouble unless something happened quickly.
68. At that point, most likely some of them, like many of us, thought that the master had forgotten them.
69. As they kept bucking the head winds in the midst of darkness and billowing sea they wondered where is He?
70. Had I been with them,
71. I would have felt exactly the same if not worse.
72. My listening friends, one thing about God that you must know.
73. He is never in hurry.
74. Omnipotence can afford to wait.
75. Jesus did not come immediately.
76. Yet, He did come.
77. He always comes.
78. But I want you to notice how He came!
79. He used the very treacherous waters as His pavement.
80. He used the very waves that threatened to swallow them as His riding vehicle.
81. He used the very dangerous winds as His mode of transportation.
82. Suddenly, as they looked through the darkness and the foam… the disciples caught a glimpse of a figure moving majestically toward them.
83. When an airplane flies near a storm, it will always go around the storm.
84. But Jesus came through the storm.
85. While they were yelling at each other in the confusion (as we always do when they are in trouble).
86. They saw Him.
87. But then, they thought He was a ghost.
88. You see, they did not expect Jesus to come that way.
89. Often the Lord comes to us in ways that we would never expect.
90. And Jesus said, “be of good cheer! It is I, be not afraid.”
91. Do you see what I see… in this passage?
92. Before Jesus took them out of the storm… He took the storm out of them.
93. Have you ever faced the storm of temptation?
94. Have you ever faced the storm of anxiety?
95. Have you ever faced the storm of illness?
96. Have you ever faced the storm of suffering?
97. Have you ever faced the storm of tragedy?
98. Have you ever faced the storm of pending death?
99. Whatever it may be you can always be certain that Jesus is there with you.
100. Jesus is taking the storm out of you… before he takes you out of the storm.
101. You can be certain about one thing.
102. God never causes storms in your life.
103. He goes through them with us.
104. God matures us through them.
105. And He ultimately calms them for us.
106. But we can cause storms for each other.
107. Sometimes we do that intentionally; sometimes we do it unintentionally.
108. Let me give you an illustration.
109. There is a story told about a train that was moving slowly because there was a terrible blizzard raging.
110. This particular train was crawling because of the extreme poor visibility.
111. Among the passengers was a woman with a baby in her arms.
112. This lady was deeply concerned about getting off at the right station.
113. A man sitting across noticed her anxiety so he said to her:
114. Don’t worry.
115. I know this train line very well and I will tell you when you come to your station.
116. In due course… the train stopped at the station before the one at which the woman needed to get off.
117. The man assured here that the next station would be hers.
118. Then they went on and a few minutes later the train stopped again.
119. And the man said, “Now… here is your station, get out quickly.”
120. The woman carried the baby and her bag and thanked the man as she left the train.
121. At the next stop,
122. The break-man called out the name of the station where the woman had wished to get off.
123. Oh… No, you have already stopped at this station! The passenger called out to the man in the train.
124. “No sir” said the break-man.
125. There was something wrong with the engine and we stopped for a few minutes to repair it.
126. The man was in anguish.
127. Alas! He cried, I put the woman off in the storm when the train stopped between stations.
128. A few days later, they found the woman with her baby in arms… both were frozen to death.
129. It was terrible, a tragic consequence of a wrong direction.
130. Because of other’s mistakes sometimes we get thrown into storms.
131. Jesus never sends us out into the cold blizzard.
132. In fact, He never sends us anywhere.
133. But when we face the storms of life you can be sure that He has gone ahead of us.
134. He is with us.
135. He is beside us.
136. And He is behind us.
137. Because Jesus never make a mistake.
138. It is my prayer that you will experience his presence.
139. Until next time I wish Gods riches blessing.