Click here for the lesson outline – Week 4 – Surviving a Storm is a Miracle!
The miracle I want to end on is the one where Jesus calms the storm. It’s found in Mark 4. “As evening came, Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.’ He was already in the boat so they started out, leaving the crowds behind. [Then parenthetically it says…] although other boats followed.” Remember last week, we talked about everywhere Jesus went, there was a crowd? This wasn’t just on land. The Bible says He’s in a boat, trying to get away from people, and the crowd is tracking Him down in a boat because there was something so amazing about Jesus that the crowd wanted to find out what it was. Then it says, “But soon, a fierce storm arose. High waves began to break in the boat. [Not against the boat, but in the boat.] until it was nearly full of water.”
The story continues…“Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with His head on a cushion.” That makes me laugh. Those of you who have been around for a while know that, when I read the Bible, I always think, “Why did they put that in there?” He was sleeping at the back of the boat. Why would God want us to know that His head was on a cushion? Maybe that’s a deep sleep. “Frantically, they woke Him up.” Imagine being one of the guys in the boat. Rock – paper – scissors over who’s going to wake up Jesus. “You wake Him up… I’m not going to wake Him up. He’s like God. He’ll like cast a demon into me. I don’t know what He’ll do.”
“Frantically, they woke Him up. They were shouting ‘Teacher! Don’t You even care that we’re going to drown?’” Have you ever done that? In the midst of your world have you ever said, “God! Don’t You even care? Don’t You even care what I’m going through right now? It seems like nobody cares about this. Where are You, God?” They said the same thing. “Don’t You even care that we’re going to drown?”
“When He woke up, He rebuked the wind.” That word rebuke is the same word as… those of you who’ve read the New Testament before know that Jesus cast demons out of madmen, demon-possessed people. One event, He cast them out into the pigs. That’s the same word. “He rebuked the wind and said to the water ‘Quiet down.’ And suddenly, the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. And He asked them, ‘Why are You so afraid?’” You think that’s a dumb question! The boat was about to capsize.
I don’t think it’s a dumb question. These guys had been walking with Jesus and seen Him heal people. They’ve been preaching the word with Him. They had been doing miracles. Jesus is going, “You guys… Don’t you get it? Don’t you know who I am? Why were you afraid?” “Do you still not have faith in Me?” I wonder if it was the disappointment of Jesus saying, “You guys don’t get it. Do you not have faith in what’s going on?”
Notice the result. “And they were filled with awe.” I’ve circled the word “awe.” That’s a pretty powerful word. They were filled with awe at what they had just experienced. “And they said amongst themselves, ‘Who is this man, that even the wind and the waves obey Him?’”
That’s a great question. Who is this man? One of the things I want to challenge those of you who are Seekers, you’re not a Christian yet, you haven’t said yes to Jesus Christ. I challenge you to answer that question. Who is this man? Nobody with any intelligence denies that Jesus Christ existed. What people deny is whether He was who He said He was. Who do you say He was? If He was just another good teacher, no big deal. Live your life however you want. If He was just a total liar and He’s duped the world for 2,000 years, live your life however you want. But if you do your discovery and you find that Jesus was who He said He was, that He was God in the flesh, He was God’s Son who died for your sin, then that calls you to do something different with your life. That calls you to wake up and take a serious look at who God is and what your role in life is all about.