"Jesus Displays His Power"


Sunday (5/30), gather with your church family as we continue our series in the gospel according to Matthew (8:18-34). It is the first of four gospels that chronicle the birth, life, ministry, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Jesus had entered the city of Capernaum (8:1), which would serve as His base of operation for most of His ministry. On His first day, He ministered to and healed four groups of people, each considered outcasts of society. The first was a leper, the second was a Roman military officer’s servant, the third was a woman, and the last was those that were demon-possessed. And by doing so, Jesus showed for the first time that all miracles and healings are an act of God’s grace. And He is able and willing to help those in need.

With each miracle that Jesus performed, the crowds would grow exponentially. Some scholars estimate that the number was in the tens of thousands. They would push, shove and maneuver their way to get as close as they could, with a chance that He would call them by name or reach out His hand and touch them.
Matthew records that at least two from the crowd called out for Jesus to choose them to be one of His followers. He responded that each man should consider the cost of being His disciple. It was not something to be taken lightly, nor was it a decision to be procrastinated.

Jesus then commanded the twelve disciples to get into the boat to cross the Sea of Galilee to proceed to the other side of the lake. During the journey, a storm suddenly arose and had the potential of swamping the boat and killing all those on board. The panicked disciples quickly awoke Jesus from His nap and called upon Him to save them. He arose, spoke to the storm, and demonstrated His incredible power causing the rain, wind, and waves to cease.

When the boat arrived safely, Jesus and the disciples were met by two demon-possessed men who had been terrorizing the citizens of that region. Again, Jesus demonstrated His tremendous power, this time over the supernatural, by evicting the demons (numbered in the thousands according to Luke 8:30), allowing them to possess a nearby herd of pigs who swiftly ran themselves off the cliff. Thus, ending the demons’ reign of torment.

I look forward to our time together. Please pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the entire Calvary Chapel family.
There are several opportunities for worship. On-campus (10:00 am), drive-in church (92.1fm), and online (Facebook, YouTube: Calvary Inverness); (website: calvaryinv.com

In His Strong Love,

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