WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM?
Day 13 Friday
EXPLORE THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
For us there is one God, the Father,
from whom are all things and for whom we exist,
and one Lord, Jesus Christ,
through whom are all things and through whom we exist (1 Corinthians 8: 6).
LUKE 5: 4-6
And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking.
LUKE 8: 22-25
One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”
The master is the one who knows how to get it done. The master knows more than the others and has the wisdom born of experience to use knowledge correctly. If we “master” a skill, it means we can wield that skill successfully, be it woodworking or surgery or plant-grafting.
The master is the one who has the right and authority to ask for obedience.
Over what does Jesus show mastery in these passages?
What did wind and waves represent to ancient people? To us?
What kind of authority does our Master, Jesus, have in the world? Why?
Into which waters and winds of life would you most like him to exert mastery today? Would you ask him?
PRAY THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
Begin with the Jesus Prayer. Pray it reflectively several times, for yourself or on behalf of another.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Then pray the day’s prayer slowly and repeatedly for at least a minute (that’s about seven times). Allow the prayer to take you into the meaning of the day’s facet of Jesus’ name. Pray it for yourself and/or on behalf of another. Take your time and trust this process!
Lord Jesus Christ, Master of the storm and seas, save me when I sink,
and rescue me from perishing.
LIVE INTO THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
He has granted to us his precious and very great promises,
so that through them you might become partakers of his divine
nature . . . For this very reason, supplement your faith with
virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness,
brotherly affection and love (2 Peter 1: 4
PHILIPPIANS 2: 5-7
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God . . . emptied himself, taking the form of a servant.
COLOSSIANS 4: 1
Masters, treat your bondservants justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.
Jesus had the raw power to compel the obedience of the wind and waves. He certainly had the authority to compel obedience from humanity. Why, then, did he choose the way of servanthood?
How do we draw close to our Master when we exercise servanthood?
How can we act as servants even when we must exercise the leadership of “masters” in our work, family or professions?
Where today would you most like Christ to assist you in emptying yourself for others?
Close by singing this hymn:
O Master, let me walk with thee
In lowly paths of service free;
Tell me thy secret, help me bear
The strain of toil, the fret of care.
Help me to slow the heart to move
By some clear, winning word of love;
Teach me the wayward feet to stay,
And guide them in the homeward way.
Teach me thy patience! Still with thee
In closer, dearer company,
In work that keeps faith sweet and strong,
In truth that triumphs over wrong;
In hope that sends a shining ray
Far down the future’s broadening way
In peace that only thou canst give,
With thee, O Master, let me live.
Washington Gladden. O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee. 1879.
LISTEN TO TODAY'S HYMN