A Ministry of Power: pt 2, The God Who Commands People

by Steve Reynolds  /  Matthew 8:18-22  /  June 12, 2016

It is fair to say that Jesus’ healing ministry was causing a stir; we see that a “crowd” was following him. He had grown in popularity; many were saying, “Wow! This guy can heal people! I want to follow him!” It reminds me of the Chicago Bulls basketball team from 1990 to 1998. Fueled by one of the greatest athletes of all time, the Bulls won 6 championships during this time period. As a kid, it wasn’t uncommon in my school for classmates to sport the red & black jackets of the Bulls although my hometown of Gulfport, MS was exactly 898 miles from Chicago. However, by the end of the decade, the Bulls had lost Michael Jordan and went 6 straight years without a playoff appearance & finished near the bottom of the league each of those years. The jackets began to disappear at school. It’s easy to follow someone when they are winning. It’s easy to follow Jesus when he is healing; the crowd isn’t surprising because he is doing things for them. However, these crowds about to learn vital lesson: because Jesus has the power to heal, he has the authority to command. In our text today Jesus taught his disciples what it truly means to follow him. And we will learn from this text that we must all count the cost of following Jesus if we are truly going to be his disciples.