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THE PEACE OF HIS PRESENCE (NÄRVARO)

2012-01-29   
 
This passage (avsnitt) in Mark 4 tells us that despite (trots att) the fact that Jesus was in the boat with them his disciples (lärjungarna) were terribly afraid (greps av stor fruktan). It was only later on when they trusted Jesus one hundred percent (litade på honom till hundra procent) and had received the holy spirit that they found “the peace of hispresence.” Paul describes it in Philippians
– “God´s peace, which is far beyond human understanding.”(Guds frid, som övergår allt förstånd)
Let us look at the story in Mark-

A writer who knew the lake of Galilee well – or the lake of Gennesaret as it is also called – says that the lake is usually calm, however, she says that even when the weather seems good with a clear sky a storm can come literally´out of the blue´ (komma helt oväntat) The many ravines (raviner) to the east and north east channel (föra) the winds that descend (rusa) upon the lake with great force!
But we must remember that a number of the disciples were fishermen who knew the lake well!
We read that Jesus was sleeping in the stern (aktern) of the boat with his head on a pillow (kudde). The helmsman (rorsman) stood a little further forward on the deck, though near the stern, to have a better look-out ahead. Picture the scene! (föreställa sig scenen!)
“Teacher, don’t you care that we areabout to die?” (Mästare, bryr du inte om att vi går under?”)
Jesus stood up and commanded (talade strängt) to the wind ”be quiet!” and to the waves “be still!” and said to the disciples
– “Why are you frightened?” (“varför är ni rädda?)

Suddenly Jesus was there and there was a great calm. (det blev alldeles lungt)
You can imagine (föreställa dig) that the disciples would never forget this miracle.
They realised that when Jesus was with them, the storm became a calm and that is universally true (gäller alla).
This is not something that just happened once, it is still true that in the wildest storms (våldsamma stormar) of life if we know the presence of Jesus we can find peace.

1) Jesus gives us peace in the storm of sorrow (sorg). When sorrow comes, as it must, Jesus tells us of the glory of the life to come.
He changes the darkness of death into the sunshine of the thought of life eternal (evigt liv).
There is the story of a gardener (trädgårdsmästare) who had a favourite flower (älsklingsblomma). One day he came to the garden and the flower had gone. He was vexed (förargad) and angry (arg). He met the owner (ägare) of the garden and complained bitterly (klagade bittert).
Hush! (tysta ner) said the owner, i plucked (plockade) the flower for myself.
Jesus tells us that he has taken our loved ones to be with God and that we shall meet them again one day.

2) Jesus gives us peace when life’s problems bring us a tempest (storm) of doubt (tvivel) and tension (spänning) and uncertainty (osäkerhet)
There are times when we do not know what to do or which way to take. If we turn to Jesus and say to him
- “Lord, what will you have me do?” (Herre,vad ska jag göra?) To ask his will (vilja) and to submit (underkastar sig) to it is the way of peace at such a time.

3) Jesus gives us peace in the storms of anxiety (ängslan). The enemy (fienden) of peace is worry (oro) – worry for ourselves, worry about the future (framtiden), worry about those whom we love.
In the storms of anxiety (ängslan) Jesus brings us the peace of the love of God.

What is Jesus saying to you this evening?
I am sure that he wants to speak to each one of us!
We read in `James 4. v 8´(Jacobs brev):
“Come near to God, and he will come near to you.” (Närma er gud, så skall han närma sig er) If we really want to know the peace that only Jesus can give us we must –

-spend time (ta tid) with Jesus.

-spend time in prayer to God.

-spend time reading and meditating on his word.

-trust Jesus! (lita på Jesus!)

God loves you so much!
Jesus wants you to know his peace! Guds frid, som övergår allt förstånd.
Let us seek that peace now in our worship time.
 
Martin Poyser