Jesus slept through the storms that terrified the disciples. No situation is so great that Jesus can’t handle it.
35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 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?” 39 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. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 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?”
Before the Storm (Mark 4:35-36)
- Jesus had called fishermen from the Sea of Galilee to be His first disciples (Mark 1:16-17).
- As Jesus’ ministry increased, He stayed around the Sea of Galilee without going into it (Mark 2:13; 3:7; 4:1).
- Using a boat for His pulpit, Jesus preached in the sea (Mark 4:1) and then finally set out into it the night of the great storm (Mark 4:35-36).
- If Jesus could stop the storm, He could have predicted the storm, and yet He led them through it anyway.
During the Storm (Mark 4:37-39)
- Seasoned fishermen were terrified of the storm while the landlubbing carpenter was sleeping through it.
- If you fail to understand who Jesus is, you will never comprehend what He does.
- Only God has the ability to rebuke the forces of nature and the forces of evil.
- The most caring thing Jesus could do was to lead them through a storm He could control.
- If you have to be in the storm, it’s best to have Jesus in the boat with you.
After the Storm (Mark 4:40-41)
- The disciples went through a great storm, Jesus made a great calm, and their response was a great fear.
- The disciples mistakenly feared a storm when they should have feared the one who could sleep through it.
- The point of this story is not that Jesus will calm your storm but that He can calm your storm.
- If Jesus had the authority to rebuke that storm, He has the power to rescue me from the greatest one of all – God’s judgment.