Matthew 14

Vs. 2, “and he said to his attendants, “This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”  Many people would mistake who Jesus really was.  We will begin to see a shift in our reading to Jesus spending more time with his disciples.  Sadly, we are now told about the demise of our dear John the Baptist.  Herod Antipas (younger son of Herod the Great – who sought to kill Jesus as a baby)…was ruling, and would end having John beheaded.  This passage of Jesus withdrawing upon hearing John’s death always touches me.  Even though Jesus was grieving, he still took the time to have compassion upon those who were hurting and turn the loaves and fish into a miracle.  And of course, we end with the famous event of Jesus walking on water in the storm!

 

Regarding application…Don’t be Afraid.  Vs. 27, “But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”  It’s important to note that this storm was not caused because of the disciples disobedience.  Jesus was the one who told them to get into the boat.  Yet, even though the physical storm was upon them.  Even though the storm of their spiritual toil and faith would again be tested with Jesus’ obedience on the cross…Jesus would tell them “don’t be afraid.”  Question: What are you afraid of?  I didn’t ask you if you are afraid…because deep down inside…there is bound to be something that you are fearful about.  But, Jesus didn’t rebuke them for it…he encouraged them!  Keep your head up and eyes on the Lord.  No matter how hard it gets…open your heart to Him and be honest about your feelings!  He loves you so much!