Having A Bad Day

Having A Bad Day

Sept 1 2013 – Having A Bad Day – Message

Having A Bad Day?

Now we all handle bad days in different ways.

  • Men tend to isolate
  • Women tend to draw close to those they are in relationship with.

Matthew 14:1-12 ”Now at that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus, and he said to his attendants, “This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him”. For Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, for John had been saying to him: “It is not lawful for you to have her.” Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they considered John a prophet.

On Herod’s birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for the guests and pleased Herod so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted 10 and had John beheaded in the prison. 11 His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother. 12 John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.”

John the Baptist

  • Jesus is John’s second cousin
  • Probably the person in the world that understood Jesus the best
  • King Herod just beheaded his friend and relative

Matthew 14:13  “When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.

Matthew 14:14 “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

  • He saw the crowds
  • He had compassion
  • He helped them in their needs

Matthew 14:15-21 “As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

                        16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

                        17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

                        18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Recap

  • Jesus finds out his friend and cousin is beheaded
  • He withdraws to a very solitary place to mourn
  • Thousands of people follow him there
  • He generously cares for their physical needs by healing them and feeding them

Matthew 14:22-24 “Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.”

Matthew 14:25-33 “Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

You think this was a long 24 hours for Jesus… What about the disciples?

  • Saw Jesus heal tons of folks
  • Saw Jesus feed over ten thousand people
  • Saw Jesus walk on water
  • Saw Jesus calm the wind

Here is how Jesus did it:

  • He took time to pray when it was available
  • He generously helped the needs of others
  • He did not let his tiring bad day become other people’s bad day.

Matthew 14:34-36 ”When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him 36 and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.

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