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. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 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?”
Comment: The Lake of Galilee is only a bit over 160 sq. km in size but its geography and the size of the boats used made it possible for people to be caught in pretty terrifying storms when sailing on it. On this occasion we see a sleeping Jesus in one end of the boat and a crew of terrified disciples. They did not want to be drowned and become fish food! Then we have to choose whether or not we believe the story! They wake Jesus; he turns over and stills the wind with a word, and then presumably turns over and goes back to sleep. We can dismiss it as fable; they couldn’t for they saw it and experienced it all! His power experienced was cause for even greater fear than the threat of death by the storm. Who was this lying in the back of the boat? Mark is saying to us, ‘I told you all, this is the Gospel of Jesus, the Son of God!’
Prayer: I believe, help me to overcome my unbelief, Lord Jesus!