Main point summary
At times Jesus will lead us into the storm, to display His power over the storm, and reveal to His people that He is the Lord!
n On that day,
when evening had come,
he said to them,
“Let us go across to the other side.”
And leaving the crowd,
they took him with them in the boat,
just as he was.
And other boats were with him.
And a great windstorm arose,
and the waves o were breaking into the boat,
so that the boat was already filling.
But he was in the stern,
asleep on the cushion.
And they woke him
and said to him,
“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
And he awoke
and p rebuked the wind
and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!”
And the wind ceased,
and q there was a great calm.
He said to them,
“Why are you r so afraid?
Have you still no faith?”
And they were filled with great fear
and said to one another,
s “Who then is this,
that even t the wind and the sea obey him?”
Jesus is the One who wants to go across here, this journey is planned, initiated by Him! And therefore the disciples take Him in a boat.
However things don't go as they expect! And Jesus is sleeping in the midst of the trouble!
Can't it seem like that some times? We feel like we're following what God wants us to do, but it doesn't work out as we think it should! If fact, it seems like we're perishing and He doesn't care!
Jonah comes to mind here!!
The 'other side', is the gentile region. That in itself would of been significant for the disciples. Interesting that this is just after Jesus' parable about the mustard seed, and the birds nesting in the branches.
How common would it have been to make this journey at night?
Who were these other boats?
If they only knew how much He cared!
Ps. 65:7 - Is this man the God of our salvation?! Interesting that at this point they are journeying to a gentile region!
Their fear doesn't come from the situation they find themselves in, it comes from their lack of faith in God!
Our fear is not rooted in the things we face! They only bring them to light! Our faith finds it's root in disbelief!!