Letter To Our Children

by Pastor Joe | January 18, 2023 | Letters To Our Children


January 18, 2023

Then He got into the boat and His disciples followed Him.

Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake,

so that the waves swept over the boat.

But Jesus was sleeping.


The disciples went and woke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”  He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”


 Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey Him!

Matthew 8:23-27


Hello friends!


Personal power seems to be very important to human beings. It always has. Something I like to do is read the power charts for Marvel Superheroes. I know they are not real. It's just fun for me to compare their power.


Nature is another way people understand power. So, can the wind blow down a pine tree? Yes, it can. The wind is strong. But can the wind blow down a mountain? No, a mountain stops the wind because it is stronger than the wind.


God's Power Saves


God is all-power, almighty. Which means God is stronger than anything or anyone and always will be. Therefore, nothing can stop God from doing what He wants. Nothing is too hard for Him. (Jeremiah 32:27) A good word for this is sovereignty. Sovereignty means no one can stop God from doing what He wills. That is all-power.


But here's great news. God's might and power are in His Son, Jesus Christ. And God sent Jesus, who can do all things, to lay down His life for sinful people who cannot. Sinners have no power. (Ephesians 2:1).  Only God's power can rescue them.


Therefore, Christ uses all of God's mighty power for sinners. When they cry out, He recuses, not one is lost. Every Christian is kept safe by God's power in Christ.


Power Has Two Sides


When Jesus walked the earth, the myth of Hercules was well known. He was many people's example of power. One of the most popular stories in the gentile world was The Labors of Hercules, which included him killing, capturing, and stealing.


But Jesus, who is all-powerful, instead kept a low profile. He bore in Himself the disappointing parts of humanity. He did not try and force people to do anything. He ate at anyone's table. He declined to call for a massive angelic army to rescue Him before His crucifixion. He rejected revenge with a sword, and as Jesus went to the cross, He was scorned, spat on, and beaten.


So, when we think about Jesus calming the sea and helping the disciples. Remember, Jesus has power over nature and helps people. Therefore, the God of all power is also the God of all grace. There is nothing Herculean about Him.  Herculean power is intoxicating to our sinful self, but God’s power is liberating. There is a difference.

I love you, Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my solid rock,
my fortress, my rescuer.
My God is my rock—
I take refuge in Him—
He’s my shield,
my salvation’s strength,
my place of safety.

Psalm 18:1-2

God bless you and help you in everything this week.


Pastor Joe