Demonstrating God’s Love Together
35That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side." 36Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"
39He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
40He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"
41They were terrified and asked each other, "Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!"
A personal, eye-witness account ….
Jesus, escaping the crowds, looking for rest … the whole story, a search for space, and refuge…
‘when evening came’ … ‘just as he was’
A Threatening Tempest… (v.37)
‘A furious squall’ … Not only escaping the regular/routine pressures, but the larger/unexpected dangers too … A furious storm, out of nowhere, without warning, threatening catastrophe/swamping.
A Contradictory Crew… (v.38)
Jesus was tired (human), and yet at peace.
Disciples – Fear…anxiety…distrust … it was as if their worry over the storm was exacerbated by Jesus’ seeming ignorance of the danger. Were they over-reacting? Embarrassed by their cowardice? Caused to doubt Jesus relationship with them … ‘Don’t you care?’
An Authoritative Answer…. (v.39-40)
Jesus – Authority/Father, speaking to the elements as if to a child ‘Quiet, be still’… his concern was to bring that quietness, stillness, and calm … to the water, but also to the disciples
What was key to their fear, their timidity, was their lack of trust, it was a consequence of ‘no faith’.
At this question, every bit as much as this revelation of his power, the disciples became more ‘terrified’ even than they were at the raging water. The ‘respectful awe’ they now felt was an even bigger thing. More important than how might they survive the storm became the question, how might our faith match the strength of the one in whom it is placed?
‘Who is this?’
His power/Identity is more significant, a greater fact, than any storm that we might face.