But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him! Matthew 8:27 (KJV)
Jesus had just circumvented the very laws of nature by calming a storm. With one quick word, the storm abated and the sea became calm. The disciples marvelled at this powerful display of Jesus’ supernatural ability over the elements and declared, “What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him!”
What manner of man is this? It’s a great question for us to ask, and a careful consideration of the Gospels will rewardingly reveal to us His person and purpose. There is no-one who can compare to Him!
- No-one ever spoke like Him!
In John 7 when the officers who had been sent by the chief priests and Pharisees to take the Lord Jesus into custody returned without Him, they gave a most extraordinary reason for their failure to carry out their orders. For, in reply to the demand, “Why have ye not brought Him?” they gave the strange answer, “Never man spake like this man.”
- No name compares to His.
His is the Name above all names. Philippians 2:9 says, “Therefore God also highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name.”
- His peace is unparalleled.
According to Philippians 4:7, it “surpasses all understanding” or as the Living Bible (TLB) states, “…it is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.”
- His love is unlimited and has neither brim or bottom.
Ephesians 3:18 talks about “how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.”
- His joy is inexpressible.
1 Peter 1:8 says, “You love Him even though you have never seen Him; though not seeing Him, you trust Him; and even now you are happy with the inexpressible joy that comes from heaven itself.”
The goal of Paul’s life was to know Him more and more…
…that I may know Him (that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more strongly and more clearly). Philippians 3:10 (AMPC)
No wonder Paul concluded with the words:
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15 (AMP)
He is indescribable. He’s the superlative of everything good.