December 06, 2011

Jesus, Our Great God and Savior

Mark 4:35-5:20

They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Mark 4:41


As the apostle Paul says, Jesus is “our great God and Savior” (Titus 2:13). He rules over all the nations of the world; he directs the course of history. He has power in heaven, on earth, and over hell.

Mark provides several examples of this truth when he relates in rapid succession four miracles that Jesus, our great God and Savior, performed.

Jesus calmed the sea, demonstrating his power over nature. He freed a man who was possessed by a legion of demons, showing his authority over the forces of evil. Jesus healed a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years, revealing his power over sickness. Then he brought a twelve-year-old girl back to life, showing his power over death. (See Mark 4:35-5:43.)

Jesus has power over creation, over the realms of darkness, over illness, and over death. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me,” he said (Matthew 28:18).

For Jesus, every problem has a solution. If you are desperate and in the grip of problems that are greater than your strength, give them to Jesus right now.

He is mighty to forgive, save, comfort, and console. You can trust him. He is our great God and Savior!

Almighty Lord, please take in your mighty hands every weight that has caused pain and suffering in my life. Strengthen me to trust you, for all power and authority are in you. In your name, Amen.

About the author — Hernandes Lopes

Hernandes became the Portuguese ministry leader for Today's sister Portuguese ministry in 2010. He also serves as the director of the organization Luz Para o Caminho (Light for the Way), an organization formed in partnership between ReFrame and the Presbyterian
Church of Brazil. Hernandes has authored more than 160 books and is a popular and respected conference speaker in Brazil. Hernandes graduated from Seminário Presbiteriano do Sul in Brazil and earned a Doctorate of Ministry from Reformed Theological Seminary in
Jackson, MS.

Hernandes and his wife, Tinha, have two adult children.

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