Luke 8:22-25 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
When Jesus was in a boat, he fell asleep. If Jesus is God, why would he ever get tired?
While on earth, Jesus was fully God and fully man. Therefore, in the Bible, you will find verses that talk about His deity and verses that talk about His manhood.
Jesus got hungry and thirsty. (Matt 4:2; John 19:28).
He got weary from traveling. (John 4:6).
He needed sleep and refreshment. (Matt 8:24).
He wept at the tomb of a dear friend. (John 11:35).
Why was Jesus able to remain calm and asleep even when the boat He was in was about to sink?
Jesus could remain calm because He had faith that His Father would protect Him from drowning.
Isaiah 43:1-3 “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…
Why does Jesus have control over even the winds and water?
Only the Creator would have control over the creation. Jesus had control over creation because the world was created through him.
John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
Luke 8:27-32 When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” For Jesus had commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places. Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him. And they begged him repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss. A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into them, and he gave them permission. When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.
Was Jesus afraid of the demons or were the demons afraid of him? Why did the demons obey Jesus?
Unlike human prophets who must seek protection from God from evil spirits, Jesus had no fear of them. The demons recognized that Jesus is the Son of God and had authority over them.
If we have Jesus on our side, we need not be fearful of the devil.
Luke 10:19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
When we see that the devil is trying to destroy our lives, our work, relationships, etc., we can take authority over the situation and command the devil to back off in the name of Jesus.
Why did Jesus not permit the man whom He rescued from demon possession to follow Him?
Jesus emphasizes the importance of telling others what God has done for us. When God has saved us and helped us in our difficult situations, it would be selfish not to share the good news with the people we love.
Luke 9:12 Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.”
Did Jesus send the hungry people away? What does this incident teach you about God?
Jesus asked his disciples to give them something to eat. This shows that God is not just interested in meeting our spiritual needs, he is also interested in meeting our physical needs. For example, Jesus went around healing people. It is not only their spiritual health that matters to Him but also their physical health. That means that we can approach God for all our needs, not only our spiritual needs.
Luke 9:13-14, 16-17 They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.” (About five thousand men were there.)
Jesus gave thanks for the food. He then multiplied it so that it becomes sufficient to meet the need. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
What happened when the five loaves and two fishes of bread were offered to Jesus? What can we learn from this incident?
God can miraculously provide for our needs when we go to Him.
We mustn’t think that what we have is too little to offer to God. When we make whatever little we have available to God, He can multiply it and do great things with them.
Luke 9:18-20, 22 Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”
Why did Jesus ask his disciples who the people think he is? Why did Jesus ask Peter who Peter thinks he is?
What we believe about Jesus determines our eternal destiny. We must believe that he is the Messiah before we can receive salvation.
John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
After Peter openly acknowledged Jesus as the Messiah (Christ is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew word Messiah), what did Jesus tell his disciples that his mission on earth was?
Jesus said that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. In the later videos we will learn why it is necessary for Jesus to die.
Luke 9: 23-26 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
What does Jesus say about being his follower?
Jesus said that it will not be easy to be his follower. We must take up our cross daily (i.e. to fulfil the mission that God has for us in this world).
We may be persecuted and may even lose our life. However, even if we lose our earthly life, we gain eternal life with him in heaven. It is worth losing the world and gaining salvation and we must not be ashamed of his teachings.
Luke 11:1-4 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: “‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’”
What did Jesus tell his disciples to address God as when they pray?
When we pray, we can call God our “Father”. The great prayer warriors of the Old Testament never once called God their “Father”. By asking us to call God “Father”, Jesus is telling us that we can come close to God as if He were our earthly father. This privilege is uniquely ours through Jesus.
Romans 8:14-17 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
When we believe in Jesus, we become children of God. We live our lives to please God as a child would want to please his parents. We don’t do so out of fear as in a master-slave situation.