Sacred Spaces 398– Jesus and People
1 (r)October 2013
Let’s take a visit to the gospels. In three different encounters of people, we can learn what Jesus would say to us today, here in our context:
During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
In most of the encounters in scripture when God himself, or His messengers bring a message from God they come with the command and comfort “Don’t be afraid!” Maybe that is a way to measure if something is of God? The message we hear may be challenging and hard to hear. However, in your spirit you would feel a sense of peace.
Peter was ACTUALLY walking on water. He TRUSTED Jesus hugely. How is your trust in Him?
When Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and focused on the “winds” he began to sink.
You may feel like you’re in a similar situation…
Do you need to REFOCUS on Jesus again?
As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
This lady was in bondage for twelve years. No doubt, doctors had attempted helping but to no avail. What is your burden or issue that you’ve tried getting rid of?
This lady took an action of faith and grabbed His coat.
Maybe you need to “do something in faith.” What risk are you willing to take?
I came across this quote recently: “Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.” Margaret Shepard
Then Jesus speaks six words that restore this lady to society and within herself. He called her “daughter.” For all her life before that healing she would have heard mutters and remarks: unclean, diseased, unworthy and sinful. Then Jesus speaks six potent words: Daughter, your faith has healed you.”
What SIX words does Jesus want to say to you today?
(You may ask. How would one hear that practically? Well, with a cup of coffee, would you slow down and listen to Him within you? Take some time away from all distractions. No music. No note book. Just listening. Wade through your distracting thoughts, because they will come… but press on. He will speak. Feel free to share with me the six words God shared with you.)
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
What is distracting you in your life right now? Maybe it’s been awhile since you have just sat at the feet of Jesus and loved him.
If we spent more time with God, how would our lives look? I bet, a whole lot different, positively. We wouldn’t be shaken so easily. We’d approach more things with love.
Jesus is still meeting with people. Do you see Him where you are, right now?
Song Lyrics or Twitturgy:
“Spirit, lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters wherever you would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander.” Hillsongs