by David Cawston

Yielding to a Life Changing Gospel
David Cawston
Mark 4:1-41


This is one of Mark passages, which must be understood from the end forward.

We must take what happened at the end of the day, with the storm at night to be the context of what Jesus taught through out the day.

The disciples had not heard with their heart what Jesus had been saying throughout that day. They had not let the power of His teaching really begin to change their lives.

He had given them parables about how to hear, but they had not heard.

>> Jesus always actualizes in experience, what we have intellectualized in our thinking.

Hearing is more than just having an eardrum activated by sound.

That is the reason for Jesus twice-repeated words in this chapter, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

He seems to be saying, "Let your ears catch the sounds, but keep the third ear of your heart open to receive the facts of liberating truth."

At the end of this particular day, the disciples were out at sea in a terrible storm. Jesus was in the bow of the boat, peacefully asleep, afraid of nothing.

But when the storm reached a tumultuous height, the disciples could not contain their fear any longer. "Teacher, do you not care if we perish?"

They had heard with their intellectual minds that day, something about the power of God.

But now they were to experience it.
God was going to actualize their experience for them.

Jesus rebuked the wind and the sea and said to them, "Peace, be still."
And then He turned to His disciples and He said, "Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?"

Faith is the antidote to the fear.
Faith is the answer to everything that we face.

It makes the shadows and forms be put in their rightful place.
It provides light in the darkness night, and hope in the most dismal circumstances.

Faith in God and His ability to be with you and help you overcome, is absolutely essential for victory in our Christian ...

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