Beginning: Not only was Jesus a good, kind, gentle Teacher, a wise reader of hearts and souls, a great prophet like the prophets of Israel before Him. No: this gentle man from Galilee, who yet was strong and even confrontative, is divine, the Son of God. His power is divine. We see throughout His life a ministry of supernatural actions, confirming His identity, showing the world He is Whom He claimed to be. Healing the sick, expelling demons, raising the dead. As God He has power over the storm, and His power over the elements is something He wants to share with His followers - if they have faith. Peter is the divinely appointed man who shows us both our grandeur and our misery, both the desire to walk over water towards Jesus, and the inadequacy of the paltry human heart to persevere, without special help. But He has come to give that help. 1. Jesus calms the storm. Mt. 8:23-27. Mk. 4:35-41, Lk. 8:22-25. 2. Jesus and Peter: walking on water. Mt. 14:22-33, also, Lk. 5:1-11. 3. Jesus expels demons. Lk. 8:26-39. 4. Jesus feeds the people. Mt. 14:13-21,Mk.6:32-44,Lk.9:10-17, Jn. 6. 5. Transfiguration. Lk. 9:28-36, Mt. 17:1-13, Mk. 9:2-8. Grace: To praise, reverence and serve the power of God in Jesus. Conclusion: Jesus heals human bodies and human souls, expelling fevers, expelling demons. He feeds hungry bodies with bread, and hungry hearts with his word. On a mountain one day, He feeds our hunger for God by revealing Himself in His glory. The glory of the Transfiguration is harbinger of the glory to come, a taste of that which exists already with God. But there is no abiding on that mount of glory, for Jesus sets His eyes to another mount, a mount where the door to Heaven will be opened from this side, from the side of the human body, from His own wounded side, so that the mount of glory might be ascended through the mount of our human suffering and death.
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