In Luke Chapter 8, we can see that Jesus Christ and His disciples had a very busy day. So, at a point, He addressed them, saying: “let us GO over TO THE OTHER SIDE of the lake’’ (Luke 8: 22), ostensibly to catch some rest from the huge crowd that followed them everywhere.
Before I continue any further, I will like to spend a little time on the statement ‘GO OVER TO THE OTHER SIDE’, which is central to what Jesus Christ said in Luke 8: 22. This will enable us to understand the import of this piece better.
The statement can mean different things to different people at different times. But for the purpose of this write up, I will like us to pitch my tent with the school of thought that sees it as an instruction to shift position. That is, an instruction to move from a current position to a new one. The said position can be a street, a town, a county, a country, a school, a career, a relationship, a religion, a church, an allegiance, etc. And there are several reasons why people change their position now and again. For example, to improve their capabilities, status, earning power, or to seek better education, better life, fun, rest, security, and justice.
A lot of people also change their position (i.e. ‘GO OVER TO THE OTHER SIDE’), to align with God through Jesus Christ; having been with the Devil with dire consequences. Such people do often enjoy eye-popping benefits in the end (Luke 18:29). Some of the benefits include:
Peace, is one of the foremost benefits that comes with consenting to the advice, ‘Go Over to the Other Side’, where Jesus reigns.
In Luke 8:22-24, Jesus and His disciples launched out in a boat, with the aim of crossing over to the other side of the lake, apparently to rest. After a while, Jesus fell asleep, and a windstorm, which threatened their lives, came down forcefully on the lake. And the disciples became sore afraid, and they woke Jesus Christ up from His sleep lest they perished. Then, He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water, and they ceased. There was a great calm (peace) all around afterwards!
This same Jesus, who happens to be the Prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6), is alive and willing to rebuke all the storms and troubles in your life today and then, give you peace instead (John 14:27). However, you have to ask Him in prayer to help you first of all, and you can be rest assured that He will not ignore you (John 6:37). Please do not waste time; make the move, right now, in Jesus name. Amen.
In John 2:1-11, a wise couple invited Jesus Christ to their wedding ceremony. Soon, they ran out of wine and shame was looming. But Jesus came to their rescue by providing them with choice wine, which was subsequently served, and the guests were stunned, but satisfied at the end of the day. In a nutshell, Jesus turned the couple’s shame, to fame that day.
Perhaps you lack certain life changing provisions at this moment in time, and it seems there is no relief in sight, and shame is looming ahead; please ‘Go Over to the Other Side’, where Jesus is in charge. He is well suited to provide all that you need to improve your life, family, health, business, finance, education, ministry, etc. (Philippians 4:19). Not only that, He will turn what is meant for your shame, into what will earn you outstanding fame in Jesus name. Amen.
In John 8:1-11, a woman was caught in the act of adultery and led to Jesus Christ for condemnation and execution by stoning to death. Though, their intention was to test Jesus, but His support, even if it was feeble, would have been enough to end her life. But trust Jesus, He did not condemn her, instead He offered her robust Protection via His principled stand. He challenged them saying: “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first’’ (John 8:7). Since none of them was clean, they quietly left the scene one after the other. Not only that, Jesus later sent her away with a soothing advice that she should sin no more (John 8:11).
This same Jesus is prepared to protect you (John 10:27-28), no matter how odious your past may be. So, ‘Go Over to the Other Side’ where He reigns today, and you will be happy you did, in Jesus name. Amen.
In Matthew 4:18-22, Jesus Christ invited Peter and Andrew to join His ministry, and they agreed. And for this reason, they earned instant promotion from being ordinary fishermen, to being fishers of men; a position that made them highly visible, superbly famous, and greatly revered up till now. If not for their lavish promotion, I believe they would have spent the rest of their lives ordinarily, and end up unsung and unmourn like their contemporaries.
You too can acquire a great promotion from God (Psalm 75:6-7), which will astound the whole world, and make you relevant even after you might have departed the world to be with God. But you can only acquire it through Jesus Christ (John 14:6). That is why you have got to ‘Go Over to the Other Side’ where He is waiting for you. Please don’t let this huge opportunity elude you; grab it right now, in Jesus name. Amen.
Salvation is the chief of all the benefits accruable from consenting to the advice, ‘Go Over to the Other Side’, where Jesus Christ is the boss.
Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10) was a chief tax collector hence, a big time sinner. One day, he learnt that Jesus would pass through Jericho, and he sought to see Him. However, the task of doing so was too much for him owing to his short stature. So, he helped himself by climbing up into a sycamore tree. As Jesus was passing by, He looked up, saw Zacchaeus, and commanded him to come down. Immediately, he complied, and Jesus received Him joyfully. It was at this point, that some people rose up against Zacchaeus, and accused Jesus Christ of socializing with a sinner. But trust Him, He ignored their accusations, stayed in Zacchaeus’ house, and gave him salvation, which is the passport to heaven, the kingdom of God (John 3:3).
You too need salvation i.e., you need to become born again, to attain the kingdom of God, and Jesus is ready to help you, if you ‘Go Over to the Other Side’, where He reigns.
So, how can I become born again, you may wish to ask at this point in time? Well, very simple! Confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead. If you do these, then it is believe you have been saved (Romans 10:9), and that you are born again. It is after you might have settled all issues concerning your salvation, that you can become a member of the kingdom of God, and reap exceptional benefits like Peace, Protection, Provision, Promotion, and Salvation among others. May you never lose out on any of them, and may your joy be full now and forever, in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.
Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies