What manner of man is this
Jesus and His disciples were in a boat sailing on the Sea of Galilee, when a severe storm broke. During this time Jesus was asleep. His disciples became terrified as the boat was being swamped by the waves. So they awoke Him, asking Him, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith.” Jesus then got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and immediately the storm ceased. (Matthew 8:23-27).
No doubt, the disciples had to be greatly relieved that their Lord and Master was not only present with them, but also He was able to quell the storm to eliminate their fears. The disciples marveled at the fact Jesus was able to speak the word, and there was a “great calm.” Also, the disciples seemed very excited as they exclaimed among themselves, “What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” (Matthew 8:27). There’s much in these words to consider.
What manner of man is this. He is the incomparable Jesus Christ who is the only one who could speak with such power and authority “that even the sea and waves obeyed him” (Matthew 8:27). There will be times in our lives when we experience a “storm” because of uncertainty, discouragements, setbacks, or disappointments. Jesus is the only one we can turn to for relief. He says, “Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28–30). Peter also writes, “Cast your anxieties on Him for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Jesus knows all about our problems and struggles and only He has the answers, and is able and willing to help.
What manner of man is this. This man is none other than the “only begotten Son” of God. The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). He is also the only way to God. He declared of Himself, “I am the way, the truth, the life no one comes unto the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). Note, Jesus said “I am the way.” Not “I am a way.” There is only one way to God and one way to heaven, unl