Words to Live By

Matthew 8

And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.”  And he said to them,“Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.

By words alone Jesus calmed the storm. By words He commanded demons to come out of people. By words He brought the dead to life. With only His words He brought healing and bestowed blessings.

By His words He called disciples and by His words He commanded us to make disciples of all the nations. People were amazed by the authority with which He spoke His words. With words He taught, He prayed, and He rebuked the temptations Satan threw at Him.

With words alone He shamed those who were about to stone the woman caught in adultery. With kind words, He showed the woman at the well who she was, and she believed in Him.

He spoke words of truth when asked if He was the Christ. But there was no need for words and therefore gave no answer when told of the lies spoken against Him. He let truth speak for itself.

With words He forgave us of our sins. He forgave those who tormented and tortured and crucified Him because, as He said, they did not know what they were doing.

With words of love He assured the thief on the cross, “Today, you will be with me in paradise.”

And as he breathed His last, Jesus had the last word: “It is finished”

God spoke and the entire universe came to be.

In Revelation 19, the Bible tells us of Jesus’ return and how He will defeat all the armies of the world with a sword coming out of his mouth. We’re told in the Ephesian chapter 6 what that sword is; it’s the Word of God.

Just as He calmed the storm, with a mere word Jesus Christ will end the reign of the Antichrist and usher in the millennial kingdom. And ultimately, evil will be defeated forever.

Such is the power of the Word of God!

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