7642 - The Wind and the Waves

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As God over all creation, Jesus commands power over everything.

The power of Jesus over natural events is clearly demonstrated in Luke 8:22-25:
One day Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's go over to the other side of the lake." So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.

The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!"

He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. "Where is your faith?" he asked his disciples.

In fear and amazement they asked one another, "Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him."

This miracle occurred on the Sea of Galilee, which is located about 700 ft below sea level and in a depression surrounded by hills. Because of the geographic situation of this lake, storms were known to appear quite suddenly and with great violence.

These storms were well known, and as several of Jesus’ disciples were formerly fishermen, they would have been quite accustomed to these storms. That the disciples were as terrified as they were may have been due to the unusual severity of the storm, or perhaps because of the significant number of people in the boat.

We don’t know exactly how big this particular boat was, or the number of people inside it. However, in 1986 a pair of brothers who were fisherman and amateur archeologists discovered the preserved remains of a fishing boat from this historical period. The boat that was found is 27 feet long, 7 and half feet wide. The boat had a mast for a sail, and could be rowed as well (You can see a photo with this message archived on our website).

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It appears that it would be able to hold about 15 people.

We also know from Mark 4:36 that there were other boats with the one that had the disciples and Jesus.

During this storm the disciples were terrified that the boat would be swamped and that they would all drown. But Jesus calmly stood up and rebuked the storm and quieted the great lake from its massive waves. The world around the disciples went from turmoil and danger to quiet and peace.

Jesus asks them after he has quieted the storm, “Where is your faith?” This confronts the disciples need for trust in God and to help them realize that those who exercise faith can trust in His care.

This event left even the disciples amazed. (And remember that they have already seen Jesus perform numerous miracles before this point.)

Jesus’ authority over creation raised a question for the disciples about who he was exactly, they asked, “Who then is this?” But we see in this that the disciples followed Jesus even though they did not know all about him yet.

There are many times in our own lives where we will be in a storm of life. We may not be able to feel the wind and see the great waves, but the feeling of helplessness and fear can be just as real. It is in those times of turmoil that we have to decide whether to stand strong in our faith in the protection and power of God.

He has promised to protect us, to be our firm refuge and shelter. And his power is great enough to calm whatever storm may come in our lives.