Text Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25.
23 Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. 25 Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” 26 But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
22 Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” And they launched out. 23 But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. 24 And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!”
The Event on the Sea
[O]n a certain day, He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” The lake was the Sea of Galilee. And they launched out. Luke 8:22. Jesus “gave a command to depart to the other side” Matthew 8:18, As they sailed He fell asleep. Luke 8:23. Jesus peacefully asleep. A great tempest arises on the sea. Boat covered with the waves. Jesus’ sleep is deep and sound, even through the storm, which was “already filling” the boat. The disciples are anxious and fearful of drowning. Afraid of being overwhelmed by the waves. They come to Jesus and wake Him up saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Luke 8:24. Jesus gets up. Rebukes the wind and the sea. “Peace, be still!” (Mark 4:39) The wind ceases and there is a great calm. He rebukes the disciples. “Why are you fearful?” “How is it that you have no faith?” Mark 4:40. Disciples marvel and say to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind the sea obey Him?” The disciples have Jesus with them. Their faith is weak. They accept Him as their Lord and Master. Yet, they view Him as only human. Even after Jesus stills the wind and the sea, they question His identity! “Who can this be?” “Even the wind and the sea obey Him?” Jesus questions their faith. “Why are you fearful?” “How is it that you have no faith?” (Mark 4:40) In effect, He’s asking them, “How can you be afraid when I am with you? Don’t you know who I am and my abilities?”
Understanding the Event
When Jesus “gave a command to depart to the other side” Matthew 8:18, He knew of the impending storm. Even with a storm brewing, He decided to launch out to sea. His main objective was to display/reveal His deity to the disciples.
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
~ John 16:33.
The Lord never promised us a smooth sailing in life. In fact, He has warned us of tribulation in the world. However, He has promised to be with us in the storm. He assures us that since He has overcome the world, so long as we are in Him we may have peace and be of good cheer.
The Event reveals both Jesus’ true humanity and His deity.
Humanity of Jesus is revealed in his tiredness which causes him to sleep soundly through the great storm which tosses the boat about and fills it with water and they were in jeopardy, Luke 8:23.
Jesus displays His deity and control over the elements – wind and sea. Calms them with the power of His word! Only God can control the elements and make the “winds and water obey Him” (Luke 8:25). With a command from Christ, the storm abated and the sea became calm (Mark 4:39). The apostles marveled at this powerful display of Jesus’ supernatural ability over the elements (Luke 8:25). This can be immensely comforting to the Christian in a storm of life. Faith in Christ is never misplaced. If He can calm the storms of the sea with one word, He can calm the storms of life as well. We must believe Him for who He is – God – and His complete control over all creation.
Master, the Tempest Is Raging
Words: Mary A. Baker
Music: Horatio R. Palmer
Source: Public Domain
Master, the tempest is raging!
The billows are tossing high!
The sky is o’ershadowed with blackness,
No shelter or help is nigh;
Carest Thou not that we perish?
How canst Thou lie asleep,
When each moment so madly is threat’ning
A grave in the angry deep?
The winds and the waves shall obey Thy will,
Peace, be still!
Whether the wrath of the storm-tossed sea,
Or demons or men, or whatever it be,
No waters can swallow the ship where lies
The Master of ocean, and earth, and skies;
They all shall sweetly obey Thy will,
Peace, be still! Peace, be still!
They all shall sweetly obey Thy will,
Peace, peace, be still!
Master, with anguish of spirit
I bow in my grief today;
The depths of my sad heart are troubled—
Oh, waken and save, I pray!
Torrents of sin and of anguish
Sweep o’er my sinking soul;
And I perish! I perish! dear Master—
Oh, hasten, and take control.
Master, the terror is over,
The elements sweetly rest;
Earth’s sun in the calm lake is mirrored,
And heaven’s within my breast;
Linger, O blessèd Redeemer!
Leave me alone no more;
And with joy I shall make the blest harbor,
And rest on the blissful shore.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.