Eight Life Changing Words

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On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” (Mark 4:35 ESV)

“Let us go across to the other side.”

You may or may not know the story. Jesus had just finished telling his disciples about the importance of God’s word. He used phrases such as, “Pay attention to what you hear. The way you listen will determine how you believe”, “The Kingdom of God operates like a seed; planted (received), it grows”, and, “The seed is the Word of God.”

So shortly after Jesus taught them about God’s Word, he (God in the flesh) said, “Let us go across to the other side.” Those eight life changing words revealed his will to all who heard him speak.

Understand this truth: God’s Word is his will.

Whenever it is believed, received, and acted upon, it will come to pass; even if Heaven and earth have to be shaken or moved just to accommodate his plan.

When he spoke those eight life changing words, as far as he was concerned it was as good as done.

Unfortunately, his disciples weren’t as convinced. They were soon shaken; as the wind and waves increased, and their boat began filling with water.

After a while of bailing and worrying, they finally woke their sleeping savior with a revealing question; revealing just how much they didn’t understand what he had taught them.

“Don’t you care that we’re drowning?”

Jesus had taught them earlier how worry and care “choke the word”, causing the word to lose its power. The wind and waves, along with their own understanding of the sea, choked, crowded out the word Jesus had told them. Remember those eight life changing words, “Let us go across to the other side”?

Those words were enough to quiet the storm and bring them safely to the other side. Jesus demonstrated that very thing to them. He stood and spoke to the storm, “Peace, be still.”

And the storm immediately ceased.

He spoke to the storm as someone who knew it was God’s will to get to the other side. He spoke to his disciples as a teacher who wondered why his students hadn’t caught the previous lesson.

He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him (Mark 4:40 – 4:41 ESV)

The disciples completely missed his point.

When he calmed the wind and waves, it wasn’t to show his power, and it wasn’t to demonstrate his deity.

It was to show them, and us, just how much we need to hear, believe, and obey his word; allowing NOTHING to deter our faith.

Worry will rob us, and possibly, even kill us. It will definitely kill our faith. Sure, we may still be able to quote God’s will, preach God’s will, etc. We might even have a “Let us go across to the other side” ministry.

But if we let go of God’s word when it becomes challenged, we’ll not have learned the real meaning of the lesson.

Jesus taught them about how quickly satan comes to steal the word sown. He wants to steal it before it has a chance to grow roots; roots of faith.

Care, worries about life, and reasoning against the known will of God, can keep us from stepping out in obedience.

There are way too many people living on THIS side of the sea. And there are TOO MANY PEOPLE on the other side that God wants us to reach.

But we won’t fulfill his plan, or finish our course in a manner that pleases him, unless we really grasp those eight life changing words…

“Let us go across to the other side.”