Dear fellow disciple-maker,
The sun was going down and it was the end of a long day. Jesus told his disciples that it was time to leave the crowds and go to the other side of the lake. Jesus joined his disciples in the boat as they pushed away from the shore. While he disciples talked among themselves, Jesus fell asleep. What happened next was a great demonstration of our Lord's tremendous power. In the fourth chapter of the gospel of Mark we learn the rest of the story.
And a great windstorm arose, and the waves 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 rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, "Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?" And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?" (Mark 4:37-41)
This storm scared the disciples to death. The wind and waves caused their boat to fill up with water. Although some of Jesus' disciples had been fishermen all their lives, they had never seen a storm like this one. While they were fighting for their lives, they must have wondered, "How could Jesus be asleep?"
Once they woke him up, they asked Jesus if he cared about their predicament. Of course Jesus cared, but the disciples didn't sense it. To prove that there was nothing to fear, Jesus stood up and spoke to the storm. The wind and waves immediately recognized Jesus' voice and did what he said. The wind stopped and the water calmed down.
Then Jesus asked his followers why they were so afraid. Did they forget who he was? Did they believe in their fears more than his power? Suddenly the disciples were filled with a different kind of fear. "What kind of man is this?" "Who has the power command the wind and the waves?"
First, no matter how threatening our storm, Jesus always understands and cares. Second, no matter how overwhelmed we might feel, Jesus is always "in the boat" with us. Third, no matter how big our storm, our Lord has the power to bring peace and calm.
The disciples were learning what we now know: Jesus is the Son of God and all authority in heaven and earth belongs to him. Trust him with your situation today. He is the Captain of the storm.
Author:Paul Schlieker www.bible-study-lesson-plans.com
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