“Was Jesus tired?”
Probably. He had a long day.
“Hmm, he must have really been tired or wait…was he a deep sleeper?”
“Did he request that his disciples go to the other side of the lake because he had an idea of the storm or the demon-possessed man?”
Maybe. He was still God as at then…
“Do you think he was intentional about this? Like he wanted his disciples to learn faith?”
Ah-ba! I wished my imagination would just shut up; he just seemed to go on and on. Anytime, we read the bible, he wanted to do what he did best – imagine but I also thought we should stick to the information we had; nothing more, nothing less. At least, today he was mostly analytical. Strange. I should be asking those questions not him.
Night was falling and Jesus sat in a boat on the sea teaching about the kingdom of God and as usual in parables as his hearers could understand.
He said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.”
Obediently, his disciples set sail. As they went, a great storm hit. That is not unusual but it was furious enough to scare experienced fishermen. Wao! The wind rocked the boat and raised the waves that they broke the boat and begun filling it up.
“Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” The disciples woke Jesus who was fast asleep on a cushion in the stern. On a cushion!
“For all you know, Jesus must have felt as safe as a cute sleeping baby being rocked in the strong arms of his father. Aww…” I lifted my head to see my imagination with a silly look on his face. I wanted to laugh but I ended up shaking my head.
Jesus got up and rebuked the wind and waves, “Quiet! Be still!” The storm died down and there was a great calm. The contrast was stark. It was completely calm.
“Whoa, a great calm?! Like no wind, no ripples, no nothing?” By now you can guess who said that.
Jesus turned to his disciples and said, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
Haha😄. Jesus, you kidding right?
“No. He wasn’t,” A calm voice replied. I wondered if the calm Jesus commanded over the sea was as calm as the voice. “…and He is not kidding at this very moment either.” The Holy Spirit continued. That is noteworthy; Jesus’ question is for me today.
The terrified disciples asked themselves, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Jesus expected the disciples to have faith. He revealed himself as having authority over the wind and waves. They knew him as one who forgave sins, healed diseases, delivered people from demonic bondage and someone who taught with impressive authority to interpret scripture but this was new. All this evidence should have been enough but they were still lost. It was unthinkable. A mystery. God in flesh? How were they to reconcile all these evidence with what they knew and believed?
Now, Jesus teaches a new lesson. He expects us to still have faith and not fear even when the great storms of life hit and we are rocked so hard. Why? He is Lord over the wind and the waves. He is Lord over life’s climatic conditions. It is all in his control and he sits with us in the boat of our lives.
Again Jesus asks you and I, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?“
And oh, Jesus is not in flesh anymore so He is back to being the God who never sleeps (Psalm 121:4).
Scriptures (NIV) Mark 4:33-41