Today's verses are Mark 4:35-39: "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 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." Jesus and his disciples are traveling across the Sea of Galilee. As is most common, still today on the Sea of Galilee, a violent windstorm came out of nowhere. Water is coming into the boat. Jesus is asleep in the back of the boat. The disciples are terrified, fearful they will lose their lives. They rush to Jesus, awaken him, asking if he even cares they may die. It's a silly question, for he cares for all problems in life, especially our eternal lives! Jesus arises and rebukes the storm and says to the sea, "Peace, be still!" And the winds and storm cease. A great calm occurs.
Perhaps Jesus was sleeping in the back of the boat because he was terribly tired, again showing his total humanity. He was totally God and totally human. There is nothing through which we go in life that he doesn't understand. Or perhaps he was simply sleeping to give us all a strong example of faith, knowing no storm can touch his life.
Conversely, the disciples were fearful, thinking the storm is stronger than the Lord in the boat with them. Faith in Jesus was the last thing on their minds!
Several thoughts come to me in this passage:
1. Jesus "rebukes" the storm, the same term used when he rebuked the demonic world. Was this storm from the evil one? Was its purpose to kill Jesus and the disciples before his time had come? If so, he has no power over him at all.
2. Fear and faith are opposites of one another. Someone once said, "Fear knocked. Faith answered. No one was there." Jesus is giving us an example of faith. He is asleep in the back of the boat. His faith in his father rules his life. Fear is antithetical to Jesus' total trust in his heavenly Father.
3. Jesus rebuked the winds and calmed the storm, thus showing his absolute authority over all nature. Indeed, there is nothing over which Jesus isn't sovereign! The wind and seas must obey him. He created the world. He is therefore Lord over all the world!
If all this is true, today, let's all look at the furious winds and seas in our lives and go to the back of the boat with Jesus and go to sleep. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, in our lives and in this world over which Jesus doesn't have control. He is Lord of the universe. He is Lord over all our problems. He is Lord over all our pain. He is Lord over everything in our lives.
Therefore, give everything you're going through to him. Trust him with all your heart. Claim his authority over everything going on around you, in you, through you.
Now rest totally in him. Go to sleep.
Jesus is Lord.