“The men were amazed and said, ‘What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?'” (Matthew 8:27)
Jesus’ disciples were just beginning to understand Who He was. Caught in their boat during a storm, and being covered with waves, :25 says they called out: “Save us, Lord we are perishing!” The next verse tells us that Jesus got up and rebuked the sea, “and it became perfectly calm” — which elicited their amazed response: “What kind of man is this … ?” Just Who He really was, was beginning to register with them.
Multiple episodes in Matthew 8 & 9 demonstrated to His disciples Jesus’ power over many different areas of life:
— In Matthew 8:2 Jesus healed a leper, demonstrating His power over even the most dread illness.
— When He merely “said the word” to heal the centurion’s servant from a distance, Jesus also showed His power over time and space.
— In this episode of the storm on the sea He proved His authority over the elements of creation: wind, waves, etc.
— Immediately following the storm, Jesus demonstrates His power over demonic forces as they bow down to Him, and He casts them out.
— Then Chapter 9 opens with Jesus not only healing a paralyzed man, but telling Him: “Your sins are forgiven”!
Thus each of these encounters served to prove Jesus’ power over a different area of reality: sickness, time, space, creation, angelic forces — and that He even has the power to forgive sins. Matthew 8 & 9 powerfully show us that Jesus is Lord over every area of reality. And as we face our own “episodes” today, we need to remember that is no less true today than it was then!