Jesus Calms the Storm
35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Fear Vs. Fear
As we discussed at the very beginning of our look into Mark, we will see a continuous unveiling of Jesus’ true identity – remember how in the first few chapters, people saw him as a teacher with authority, and then we saw a type of prophet’s power in his healings. And in this passage we see another revelation into the character of Jesus Christ, as Lord over all creation.
Although this seems like a minor point, there is a significant difference between being Lord over people, and Lord over creation. The disciples were used to warlords and dictators with limitless personal power, like the Roman government, or Alexander the Great of a few centuries prior. But even the greatest kings of the world had no power over nature – they would like to think they did, like Xerxes whipping the Hellespont or the Pharoahs “causing” the flooding of the Nile, but all mankind is powerless against the forces of nature.
All except one.
And you see how Jesus is completely set apart – Alexander the Great? Genghis Khan? Julius Caesar? Barack Obama? NOTHING compared to the sovereignty and authority of Jesus Christ, who could even rebuke waves. The disciples, previously overwhelmed by the fear of death by drowning, catch a glimpse of Jesus’ true identity, and it says they were “terrified”. They realized that in this boat with them was a man unlike any other who had walked the earth, a man who had participated in the creation of the water and the land, who could rebuke waves like a master bringing his dog to heel.
And as we look forward to Calvary, we see that same man hanging on a cross for our sins – that is Humility, and that is Grace.
1. What effects does Jesus as Lord of creation have on your daily life, perhaps in a situation you find yourself in currently?
2. What encourages you about Jesus as Lord of creation? What is discouraging, intimidating, or difficult about this idea?
3. How does this part of Jesus’ identity affect how you look at the cross?