What an exciting story! Jesus encourages the boys to sail Him across to the quiet side of the Sea of Galilee, only to drop them in the middle of hurricane force winds and seas that spill into and are filling up the rocking vessel. All this is happening while He’s taking a much deserved nap on a cushion at the back of the boat. This eyewitness account probably came to Mark from a very scared Peter.
In this incident, Jesus is showing the disciples, in a very concrete manner, what He was telling them in parables just a little bit earlier. This was no word picture! Jesus was demonstrating to them, in no uncertain terms, that the kingdom of God is indeed at hand. Immediately after He stops the wind and stills the water, the disciples are heard asking, “Who then is this?” That’s the same question that Mark wants His readers to answer for themselves. Who do you say Jesus is? Consider who He might be from another angle; that of the psalmist:
Psalm 107:23–32: 23 Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the great waters; 24 they saw the deeds of the Lord, his wondrous works in the deep. 25 For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea. 26 They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their evil plight; 27 they reeled and staggered like drunken men and were at their wits’ end. 28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 29 He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. 30 Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to , desired haven. 31 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! 32 Let them extol him in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
Not only does Mark want his readers to consider who Jesus is. I believe the point of the passage is the following: When we realize who Jesus is and have faith in Him, we will trust Him, even if our obedience leads us into storms. How do get the kind of faith needed to trust the Lord no matter how great the storms of life? That is the question we’ll be exploring on Sunday morning.
Why did the disciples seem to rebuke Jesus while He was sleeping? People often fear death, being alone, failure, a lack of control in their own lives and in the lives of others, and the unknown. What is your greatest fear?
Please join me in praying that God will grow us and His kingdom when we gather for worship this coming Palm Sunday.