June 19, 2018
Job 38:1-11, 2 Corinthians 6:1-13, Mark 4:35-41
Alleluia. Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him? Alleluia.
“Who then is this, that even the wind and sea obey him?” You can’t really fault the disciples for asking this question. They had just seen Jesus calm the storm that had been raging around them as they are out at sea. This is something they
couldn’t do on their own and yet Jesus simply stands up and commands peace to come and it does. Who can do this? By what power can this be done? The one who can do it is the one to whom the wind answers; its creator. Jesus can speak peace to the storm because he has the authority as it creator to do so. The question of Jesus’ authority is important for us to consider because it is part of the foundation that gives him the ability to forgive our sins. Consider the opening question this way, “Who then is this, that he even forgives sins?” It is Jesus, the Son of God. He has the authority to forgive because he is God and he has promised to deliver his creation. Just has he can say to the storm, “Peace, be
still.” He says to you, “Peace, be still.” You salvation is in my hands and I will deliver you from the perils of the storm raging around you. It is his task and he has the authority to do it. Amen.
Almighty God, in Your mercy guide the course of this world so that Your Church may joyfully serve You in godly peace and quietness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. On your wondrous works, I will meditate, and I will declare your greatness.