This was the end. Twelve common men clung to whatever they could, dismayed that the one they had followed to this point — the one who had filled them with wonder as He defied everything they believed could be possible — lay asleep near them, unaware that the waves of the Sea of Galilee would soon overwhelm them and their mission. Then this happens:
He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? Luke 8:22-25
This week we conclude our journey into the Face to Face encounters that Jesus has led us on. We have watched Jesus cross racial boundaries, cross gender boundaries, cross political boundaries, cross socio-economic boundaries, cross boundaries of who belongs and who doesn’t to bring grace, truth, and transformation to anyone who will receive it. Hopefully, you have been challenged to envision a future where hope thrives in the heart of our city. To be a boundary-crossing person, unafraid to grow and change as you daily grab hold of the following truth:
So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 2 Corinthians 5:16
As Jesus calms the wind and then waves of the sea, He takes the boat He is in and the friends He is with and goes to an unfamiliar place to answer their question. As we enter Luke 8:25-39, the final week of Face to Face, we will be witness to Jesus and a man who lives among the dead, naked and rejected, in chains (if they could hold him), wandering and wild, tearing at his skin to trade one kind of pain for another. We don’t know if he has a name; it is clear from the encounter that no one cares or remembers. The encounter between Jesus and the demon-possessed man is startling and other worldly. More like Netflix’s latest series to binge than anything that looks remotely like our lives. It’s spooky and unbelievable. Maybe.
I hope you will withhold that judgment and allow yourselves to see resistance and resurrection in the darkest of places; to see that Jesus is unyielding in calling out our truest, naked selves, and clothing us with dignity, to see that Jesus answers the most important of questions with a radical and kind deliverance.
Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
Jesus. There is no one that is beyond His love and there is no place He will not go to set you free.
Multisite & Equipping Pastor / 9:05 Gathering Pastor