I have been doing a series on Wednesday nights with seventh- through 12th-grade students that is looking at the miracles of Jesus Christ. No one with any degree of intelligence will deny that Jesus lived, there is too much extra-biblical evidence for his existence.
What people do deny is that Jesus was who he said he was and that he could do what he said he could do. Two thousand years later, this is the decision that you have to make. Can an encounter with Jesus Christ change your life?
A few weeks ago, we studied the story in Mark 4 about Jesus calming the storm. Everyone had their eyes closed and I asked the students that if they were going through a “storm” in their life to look up at me. I was amazed at the number of people looking up at me. Over half of the people there were looking at me and you could tell in their eyes that some were hurting very deeply. Well, here are some things that we learned in that passage:
1. Everybody goes through storms (no exceptions).
2. It is possible to have peace in the midst of the storm.
3. Your peace depends on who you hang on to.
Too often we try to fill our lives with various things that cause temporary pleasure and not permanent fulfillment. We try to wait out the storm by masking our pain and fear with something that can only be calmed by Jesus Christ.
Are you going through a storm in your life right now? If not, you will soon. We are never promised a life without storms, but if Jesus is in your boat, there can be peace. Want to know more about Jesus? Try www.thekristo.com, or drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Mark Scribner is associate pastor at West Haven Baptist Church.