by Mark Baker

Go to the Other Side
Mark Baker
Matthew 8:18-27

Matthew 8:18 Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave a command to depart to the other side. 19. Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go. 20. And Jesus said to him, Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.21. Then another of His disciples said to Him, Lord, let me first go and bury my father. 22. But Jesus said to him, Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead. 23. Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. 24. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. 25. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, Lord, save us! We are perishing! 26. But He said to them, Why are you fearful, O you of little faith? Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea. And there was a great calm. 27. And the men marveled, saying, Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?

Starting out with vs. 18. we see Jesus giving a command to His disciples to depart and go to the other side. I would like to point out that it wasn't a suggestion, it wasn't a general statement of what He thought in His opinion should happen, but a very strong statement given as a command. When emphasis is given we should take note of it. Jesus gave a two part command, depart, and go to the other side. This same command could apply to us today. We are not necessarily getting in a boat and crossing a lake but we all have a mission in life that God has assigned us to complete. When the Lord tells us to do something then He wants it done, and nothing can stop it from coming to pass as long as we will act like what He said is the truth and keep our trust in Him.
I would also like to point out, these were Jesus disciples who traveled with Him, and saw Him in action on a daily basis. They saw the healings and miracles; they were ...

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