Matthew 8:27, 29
“Three Stooges, here”
In Matthew 8:18-22 Matthew records for us two excuses for not following Jesus.
- First, there was in the story of the “certain scribe” that came to Jesus which illustrates the truth that people fear that if they put Jesus first it may cost them materially.
- Second, in we have the story of the disciple who wanted to bury his father and we see that another reason people don’t go further in their relationship with Jesus is that they fear putting earthly relationships ahead of their relationship with Jesus.
In verses 23-34 we see that Jesus answers those excuses by revealing how much He is able to overcome those fears because of who He is; as demonstrated in His miracles. Jesus demonstrates His power over nature and His power over the unseen spirit world.
I am always amazed to see in the gospels little things that reveal just how foolish people can be with who Jesus is and what He wants. At times I feel when I’m reading the Bible that I’m watching an old episode of the Three Stooges! You know Moe, Larry and Curly? There are two phrases in this text that illustrate this and both questions should have been clearly known by those who ask them:
1.) Vs. 27 “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”: This statement is asked by those who had witnessed countless times the answer to the question they were asking. These disciples of Jesus, who just saw nature submit to His word still couldn’t figure out Who He was!
2.) Vs. 29 “What have we to do with you, Jesus, You Son of God?”: Secondly, we see the demonic underworld who were totally against Jesus and all that He stood for, be forced to submit. One would think they for certain would know Who He is and what His intentions were!
If you asked people to match the questions with the ones that asked them I wonder how many people would get them right? I’m pretty certain that they most folks would have the demons asking “Who can this be?” and the disciples “What have we to do with you, Jesus, Son of God?”. Paul Harvey in his book “For What It’s Worth”, tells about a county jail in Florida where jail officials discovered prisoner Jimmy Jones trying to escape. Jimmy Jones had a brilliant plan, every so often the prisoners would dump their garbage into a large plastic bag which hung at one end of the cell block and several of the prisoners would take it out to be dumped right after roll call. Jimmy Jones just dumped himself into the trash bag and waited for the end of roll call. There was only one problem with his plan; he hadn’t accounted for his own stupidity. You see as the names of the prisoners were read off, each prisoner responded and when they came to Jimmy’s name, from inside the garbage bag, a bit muffled came, Jimmy’s reply; “Here!” Hey saints, some times our replies can give us away too, can’t they? There have been far too many times that I have been living as if I’m not to sure Who this person of Jesus is and what He wants from me. Oh I know intellectually; but my response in the way I’m living shows that I’m just hanging out in a bag form the end of my cell. How about it saints? Why not let Jesus move us from fear to faith, from rebellion to obedience? Or you can just remain hanging out next to your cell and call out hear!