#DailyDevotion No One Can Confess Jesus Is YHWH Except By The Holy Spirit
Mark 6:48 And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, 50 for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 51 And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52 for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.
Jesus walking on the water and the multiplying the loaves of bread are connected. The message of both is the same as seen in verse fifty-two. What is that message? That Jesus is YHWH, the LORD, God Almighty come in the flesh and visiting his people. Now disciples were rightly afraid because you don’t normally see people walking on water at night or day. They thought he was a ghost.
But Jesus of Nazareth, son of Mary, seed of David is the LORD of the Old Testament. It is written, Job 9:8 “who alone stretched out the heavens and trampled the waves of the sea;”
Psa 77:19 “Your way was through the sea, your path through the great waters; yet your footprints were unseen.” Sir 24:4-5 [LXX] “I dwelt in high places, and my throne is in a cloudy pillar. (5) I alone compassed the circuit of heaven, and walked in the bottom of the deep.” It is the LORD who is talked about here. The LORD, YHWH, is ruler over the wind and the waves and all creation. When Paul says no one can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit he means no one can say Jesus is YHWH, the LORD, Jehovah. That is why the heretics are heretics. They cannot confess Jesus is YHWH, the LORD, Jehovah in the flesh, born of woman.
It was the LORD who fed the Israelites in the wilderness and it is the LORD who feeds the five thousand. It is the LORD who walks on and through the depths of the sea and it is the LORD who walks on the Sea of Galilee and gets into the boat into the boat with the disciples.
Now it is this LORD, who is Jesus, who says, “Have courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid” and gets in the boat. You see Jesus says the same thing to you and me. The Lord of the Old Testament in taking on human flesh has gotten into the same boat with you and me, i.e. the boat=humanity. It is written, Heb 2:14-15 “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, (15) and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery…17-18 “Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. (18) For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” And that is why we can have courage and not be afraid. In Jesus, the LORD is one of us, with us and for us.
Heavenly Father, grant us faith that we may confess Jesus is Lord to your glory and that we may take great comfort in that and not fear what may come our way but take courage knowing you are for us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.