Sunday Sermon Quotes [Something Realer Than Real]

On Sunday, CJ utilized several outstanding quotes to clarify our understanding and application of the text. How kind of the Lord that we have a wealth of scholars and teachers to aid us in our study of God's Word! Here they are: 


"I would like to suggest the that the main goal of the study of Mark should be to understand what the author, Mark, is seeking to teach his readers and the implications for us today. I assign students the task of finding the meaning of the passage by requiring that the first sentence of their paper on a particular passage begin as follows: 'I, Mark, have told you the story of Jesus calming the storm in Mark 4:35-41, because ________. After filling in the rest of this sentence they must seek to defend their view. I personally doubt that even two or three percent of the sermons today on the various sayings and stories found in Mark actually deal with what Mark, himself, sought to teach by them." Robert Stein

"What is significant about this scriptural story is that the disciples fear increased after the threat of the storm was removed. The storm had made them afraid. Jesus action to still the tempest made them more afraid. In the power of Christ they met something more frightening than they had even met in nature. They were in the presence of the holy. It is one thing to fall victim to the flood or to fall prey to cancer; it is another thing to fall into the hands of the living God." R.C. Sproul

"It was the cruelest question they could have asked because the very reason he was in the boat, indeed the world, was precisely because he cared for them." Sinclair Ferguson

"Let us learn that Christ's service does not exempt us from storms. Let us mark well this lesson. If we are true Christians, we must not expect everything smooth in our journey to heaven. We must count it no strange thing, if we have to endure sicknesses, losses, bereavements, and disappointments, just like other men. Free pardon and full forgiveness, grace by the way and glory at the end-all this our Savior has promised to give. But he has never promised that we shall have no afflictions. He loves us too well to promise that. By affliction he teaches us many precious lessons, which without it we should never learn. By affliction he shows us our emptiness and weakness, draws us to the throne of grace, purifies our affections, weans us from this world, makes us long for heaven. In the resurrection morning we shall say, 'It is good for me that I was afflicted.' We shall thank God for every storm." J.C. Ryle

"Jesus was thrown into the only storm that can actually sink us-the storm of eternal justice, of what we owe for our wrongdoing. That storm wasn't calmed-not until it swept him away. If the sight of Jesus bowing his head into that ultimate storm is burned into the core of your being, you will never say, 'God, don't you care?' And if you know that he did not abandon you in that ultimate storm, what makes you think he would abandon you in the much smaller storms you're experiencing right now? If you let that penetrate to the very center of your being, you will know he loves you. You will know he cares. And then you will have the power to handle anything in life with poise." Tim Keller

"With Christ in the vessel I smile at the storm." John Newton