An Interesting Demonstration

One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us 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.”

Luke 9:22-25

I love this story!

Notice it begins with a shift of the scene: ‘One day…” We don’t know how much time has elapsed since we read about Jesus teaching in parables. As they rowed across the lake, Jesus is catching up on His rest… and then a squall comes through the area placing their small boat in danger of floundering; Jesus is sleeping peacefully. His frantic disciples awaken Him, telling Him that they are all going to drown; Jesus tells the storm to knock it off and all is quiet. To the disciples He simply asks where their faith had gone… I’m guessing He went back to sleep.

His disciples probably didn’t feel much like sleeping; it would seem that they needed some time process all that had just taken place.

Well wouldn’t you?

Jesus had just done something quite remarkable, and as remarkable as telling the storm to stop and being obeyed might be, He had done something quite a bit more remarkable than that.

Jesus had just demonstrated, more in His manner even than in the miracle, just exactly who He was. The disciples had long known that He wasn’t just another teacher, for they had seen His miracles time and time again by then. Of course by this time, they knew that Jesus had truly been sent by God, but on that day they had seen that He was God in the flesh. It is possible that they had understood this on some sort of intellectual level, just as most of us understand it conceptually today. Yet on that day, those disciples saw it in reality, and they saw that to Jesus it was no biggie that blew their minds, as it would blow ours too.

Yes, it would take them a very long time to fully comprehend who it was that they we following; who can blame them?

Of course if we decide right now to remember that Jesus would one day tell His disciples that they would perform greater miracles than He did, that would really blow our minds.

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About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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8 Responses to An Interesting Demonstration

  1. pipermac5 says:

    Jesus’ disciples had no idea that He was indeed the “Creator-God” spoken of in Genesis 1:1, come in the flesh. It wasn’t until John wrote his Gospel and affirmed that Jesus IS “Creator-God” come in the flesh that we start seeing this theology developing in the New testament. For the One who had spoken creation into existence, calming a storm was mere “child’s-play”, another “day at the office”.

    Blessings,

    Steve

  2. One of my favorite events. And notice he did not yell. He just said quietly, “Be at peace. Be still now.” Love it!

  3. Collin says:

    Thanks for your thoughts and insight, Don. Always great posts from you! 🙂

    ~ Collin
    FoundWhoIAm.wordpress.com

  4. Mel Wild says:

    This brings up some interesting ancient cultural food for thought. Seas represented something chaotic and unsettled to the ancient culture. They were generally afraid of the seas. Some even believed sea monsters (of a sort) actually stirred up the water in storms. So Jesus calming the sea could possibly allude to something else in their non-scientific ancient minds. He was more than just Someone who could make the wind stop; He has power over the demonic forces that terrorized their world.

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