What Sort of Man is This? (Matthew 8:27)

Matthew 8:27

 

And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

 

            When the disciples were in a dangerous storm at sea, they feared for their lives.  Terrified, they woke up Jesus, and the Lord did something that may have frightened them even more.  Jesus spoke to the wind and the sea and commanded them to be calm, and they obeyed.  This led the disciples to the question above, “What kind of man is this?”

 

            A look at just a couple of passages of Scripture would have told the disciples exactly what kind of man was in the boat with them.

 

Exodus 14:21


Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.

 

When Moses stretched out his hand over the sea in what may well have been the most famous miracle of the Old Testament, something happened that parallels what we see Jesus do.  When Moses called on God, God caused a change in the wind that in turn caused a change in the sea.  God parted the Red Sea and rescued his people through his almighty power over the elements.  But Moses is not the parallel to Jesus, because Moses did not actually cause the wind to do what it did.

 

            So, , how about this passage: 

 

Psalm 107:23-29

23 Some went down to the sea in ships,

doing business on the great waters;

24 they saw the deeds of the Lord,

his wondrous works in the deep.

25 For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,

which lifted up the waves of the sea.

26 They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths;

their courage melted away in their evil plight;

27 they reeled and staggered like drunken men

and were at their wits’ end.

28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,

and he delivered them from their distress.

29 He made the storm be still,

and the waves of the sea were hushed.

 

Does this not look like an exact picture of the frightened disciples in the boat?  The psalm depicts men in a boat and in danger of losing their lives in the waves.  Then, when they cry out to God as the disciples cried out to Jesus, God calms the sea.  Look again:

 

Psalm 107-28-29

 

28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,

and he delivered them from their distress.

29 He made the storm be still,

and the waves of the sea were hushed.

 

 

            Who made the storm be still and hushed the waves?  It was the LORD, the God of Israel.  God, the Creator, the Great “I Am,” he is the one who calms the storm.  Yet, in Matthew, it is Jesus who commands.  Jesus did not cry out to someone else to calm the seas, he is the one that people cried out to, and Jesus, by his power, calms the swells.

 

            What kind of man is this?  What kind of man has the wind and the sea obey him?  There is only one kind of man who can do that, a man who is God.  Jesus stood before the disciples in the boat, and he revealed to them something that the Bible declares that the LORD does.  Jesus is the LORD, the God who made us.

 

            Jesus, I worship you.  I worship you, not as a representative of God, but as God Himself.  You have shown that you are the very God of the universe.  You are the One who created the wind and the waves and the One they must obey.  You have the power to do all that you wish.  You have the authority to rule my eternity.  I thank you for coming to earth to reveal yourself and to rescue sinners like me.  My hope is only in you, as only you, the God who made me, have the ability to save me.