Sunday, 7 February 2021
Title : Christ in the storm
By Elder Bryan Lee 李惠隆

Matthew 8:23-27
23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him.
24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.
25 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.”
26 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.
27 And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

In 1633 at the age of 27, the great Dutch painter Rembrandt created one of his masterpieces titled “Christ in the Storm”. (Google to see the painting). The painting shows a close-up view of Christ’s disciples struggling frantically against the heavy storm to regain control of their fishing boat. A huge wave beats the bow and rips the sail. In the midst of the raging storm, Christ was soundly asleep on the cushion (Mk 4:38). In the painting we see two disciples waking him and saying to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”(Mk 4:38).

The Sea of Galilee is comparatively a small fresh water lake situated in the northeast of Israel. Because so many biblical events happened here, it is the dream of every Christian to be able to sail on its waters. That we did in 2017 and what an experience for our group! On the day we arrived at the hotel by the shore we were told that a storm was brewing and it was too dangerous for boats to go out. Storms are common on the Sea of Galilee because of its topographical location. The storm did come slapping and howling on our hotel windows. I could imagine the waves churned up on the Sea of Galilee just as Rembrandt depicted in his famous masterpiece. It was only the next day that the Sea was calm and the boats could take us out safely.

Storms will surely come. The Bible tells us so and specifically Jesus tells us in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Sometimes they come quickly and pounce on us ferociously and we are caught off guard. Some storms that we experience, like this one on the Sea of Galilee, are dangerous.
Some of us now may be facing the storm of financial stress. For others you may be facing the storm of emotional stress. Right now illness may be the storm of your life. Some of us are facing storms in our relationships.

How are you dealing with your personal storm? 

There is an element of mystery in that there are fourteen people in the painting. The twelve disciples with Jesus would make up thirteen people in the boat. Many experts believe the artist included a self-portrait in the composition and it is the young man in blue and the only one looking directly out at the viewer, after all he was 27 when he did the painting.

Rembrandt is probably telling us that in the mighty storms of life, no place is safer than to be with Jesus.

Just as Rembrandt’s masterpiece is based on today’s story, this Sunday school song “With Christ in the Vessel” is probably inspired by the same story :
With Christ in the vessel I can smile at the storm,
Smile at the storm, smile at the storm;
With Christ in the vessel I can smile at the storm
As we go sailing home.

Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Prayer
Lord, thank You that no place is safer than to be with You.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I fear no evil for You are with me. Amen.

Rembrandt’s Masterpiece

每日灵粮
星期日,2021年2月7日
题目:风暴中的基督
作者:李惠隆长老
翻译:杨仕涵弟兄

马太福音8:23 – 27
23 耶稣上了船,门徒跟着他。
24 海里忽然起了暴风,甚至船被波浪掩盖,耶稣却睡着了。
25 门徒来叫醒了他,说:“主啊,救我们,我们丧命啦!”
26 耶稣说:“你们这小信的人哪!为什么胆怯呢?”于是起来,斥责风和海,风和海就大大地平静了。
27 众人稀奇,说:“这是怎样的人?连风和海也听从他了!”

在1633年,27岁的荷兰伟大画家伦勃朗(Rembrandt)创作了他的杰作之一“风暴中的基督”。 (谷歌看这幅画)。这幅画描绘了基督的门徒们在狂风暴雨中挣扎以试着控制他们的渔船。巨大的波浪击撞着船首,撕裂了帆。在狂风暴雨中,基督在枕着枕头上熟睡了(可4:38)。在画中,我们看到两个门徒叫醒他,对他说:““夫子!我们丧命,你不顾吗?”(可4:38)。

加利利海是一个相对较小的淡水湖,位于以色列东北部。由于许多的圣经事件在加利利海上发生过,在此海上航行时每个基督徒的梦想。我们在2017年达成了这个梦想,这真是我们团队一个难忘的经历!那天当我们到达岸边的酒店,我们接到通知,海上有暴风雨,对于船只来说太危险了。由于加利利海的地形位置,风暴很常见。暴风雨确实拍打着我们酒店的窗户。我能想像伦勃朗在他著名的杰作中描绘的那样,海浪在加利利海上汹涌澎湃。只有到了第二天,大海才平静下来,我们可安全上船出到海中。

风暴一定会来。圣经这样告诉我们,耶稣在约翰福音16:33中告诉我们:“我将这些事告诉你们,是要叫你们在我里面有平安。在世上你们有苦难,但你们可以放心,我已经胜了世界。”

有时风暴来得很突然,猛烈地扑向我们,使我们措手不及。我们经历过的某些风暴(例如加利利海上的风暴)是危险的。我们中间有的人现在可能正面临经济压力的风暴,其他人可能正面临情绪压力的风暴。现在,疾病可能是您生命中的风暴。我们中还有一些人可能在我们的人际关系上正面临着风暴。

请问您如何应对您个人的风暴?

这幅画有个神秘元素,就是画中有十四个人。船上耶稣和十二个门徒共十三人。许多专家认为,画家伦勃朗在作品中包含了自画像。他是身穿蓝衣的年轻人,毕竟他27岁时画的这幅画,并且是唯一一个看着观众的人。

伦勃朗可能在告诉我们,在人生的巨大风暴中,没有任何地方比与耶稣同在更安全。

就如伦勃朗的画是根据今天这段圣经中的故事,《有主在我船上》这首主日学诗歌可能也是因这段经文的故事而写下:

有主在我船上我就不怕风浪,
不怕风浪,不怕风浪,
有主在我船上我就不怕风浪,
直到安抵天家。

耶稣说:“在世上你们有苦难,但你们可以放心,我已经胜了世界。”

祷告

主,感谢祢因为与祢同在比任何地方都平安。我虽然行过死荫的幽谷,也不怕遭害,因为祢与我同在。阿门