That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
- Mark 4:35-41
“He was, at once, man and God.
“There he was, the single most significant person who ever lived. Forget MVP; he is the entire league. The head of the parade? Hardly. No one else shares the street. Who comes close? Humanity’s best and brightest fade like dime-store rubies next to him.
“Dismiss him? We can’t.
“Resist him? Equally difficult. Don’t we need a God-man Savior? A just-God Jesus could make us but not understand us. A just-man Jesus could love us but never save us. But a God-man Jesus? Near enough to touch. Strong enough to trust. A next door Savior.
“A Savior found by millions to be irresistible.”
- Max Lucado, Next Door Savior
When you do an internet search for the meaning of “Simply Irresistible,” you might find the Collins English Dictionary definition:
“If you describe something or someone as irresistible, you mean that they are so good or attractive that you cannot stop yourself from liking them or wanting them. [informal] The music is irresistible.”
Of course, as a result of the internet search, you also get the Robert Palmer classic music video, that became an irresistible video in its day. Have you noticed that while he’s singing, there are thirteen ladies behind him? If he’s singing about one woman being irresistible, why are there thirteen, all looking alike, and why are the back five dressed differently? But the love that he confesses about a woman is the kind of magnetism that a true believer in Jesus has with their Savior. If you really know Jesus, isn’t it like that?
To Paraphrase the words of the song:
How can it be permissible?
Jesus replaces my principle, (with His)
That kind of love is indescribable.
Jesus is anything but typical.
He’s a craze you’d endorse, He’s a powerful force.
You’re obliged to conform when there’s no other course.
He used to look good to me, but now I find him …
Simply irresistible, Simply irresistible
His love is so powerful.
It’s simply unavoidable.
The trend is irreversible.
My Savior is invincible. …
I could go on, but you get the point. Besides, some of the next lyrics would have to be modified a little more than one word here or there, like “where did the money go?”
Once you meet the real Jesus, the God-man Jesus, you could string all the superlatives in the world together, and you’d fall short of an adequate description. I have written before about how language is inadequate when describing infinity.
In the Scripture above, the disciples are frightened by Jesus’ power over the winds and the waves. Jesus laments that they still do not understand.
And maybe that’s our problem with Jesus, a lack of understanding. If Jesus is not simply irresistible to us, and there is hardly anything “simple” about it, Jesus may be just a guy that talks to the wind. If our God is not big enough, Jesus may not be the God who created the earth and set the wind in motion in the first place. And this all-powerful God loves us and wants to be our brother.
Come meet the true Jesus, the Christ, the Messiah. He’s simply irresistible.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.