Daily Reading: October 5


Read Matt 8:18–34
Mat 8:25-29 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” (26) And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. (27) And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” (28) And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. (29) And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?”

“Save us Lord; we are perishing.” Just what were they expecting Jesus to do? Well it sure wasn’t telling the winds and waves to cease and be still. What were they expecting? They wanted Jesus to help bail. Get a bucket and get moving. Yet Jesus points them to have greater faith. They were afraid. It’s natural for sinners to be afraid. After all, if something happens evil to you, you may be dead.

Sometimes we too are fearful in the midst of our lives. What do we think is going to happen? What do we think Jesus is going to allow to happen to his people? Well think the worse and it probably will or at least could happen except this: Jesus will keep you safe in salvation. He will preserve the gift he promised for you in the heavens. He promised to present you blameless, holy and righteous to God the Father. So while our life may seem to go to hell at times, like the disciples in the boat in the midst of a storm, Jesus will preserve our most important things namely eternal life and salvation.

What sort of man is Jesus that he can do this? Strangely enough the demons tell us. He is the Son of God. The demons rightly believed who Jesus was and what he could and would do. They may do their worse in the world but their end in the lake of fire where they shall be tortured eternally. Jesus the Son of God came to save sinners, human sinners. That would be you. He came to sacrifice his life that you might receive freely his eternal life. Today he offers it to you. No one can take it away from you. He will keep it safe in the heavenly places. Since this is true, you can live your life without the fear of death and whatever life throws at you. Such things are only temporary. Jesus’ free gift of life is eternal.

Lord Jesus Christ, ever give us your life that may not fear death or whatever this life throws at us so we may live in peace as we pass through this sinful world. Amen.

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