One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marvelled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”
Comment: The last bit of this passage – ‘Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?’ – is I think a pivot point in Luke’s record of the life of Jesus. What is claimed to have happened stretches our credulity to the limits and beyond. Unless we see Jesus as more than an ordinary man.
You can almost hear the knees of those others in the boat knocking together as in fear they cry out ‘Master, Master we’re about to die’!
Who apart from the Creator can command nature and, beyond our expectation, can get it to obey Him? Is it a made up story to get us to believe? Is it the truth? If it is a true record what does it mean to our understanding of who this man is?
It is a story in the same group as his healing illness with a word (the centurion’s boy), and raising the dead widow’s son. Are we looking at fairy tales to give us a pleasurable feeling or something encouraging us to believe the unbelievable, even though it is in fact the simple truth? To believe these stories makes Jesus to be God. As we read on this is in fact where Luke is leading us!
Prayer: What am I understand and believe? For I see it is going to challenge me to the roots of my living if it is true!