Sunday, June 24, 2018

Mark 4:35-41

After a long day of teaching, healing, and problem-solving, Jesus turned to his apprentices and said, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.”

36 So they left their places amongst the crowd and joined Jesus in the boat from which he had been teaching. And as evening arrived they set out across the lake -- with a few other boats joining them to form a flotilla.

37 Suddenly, a fierce squall developed over the sea. It was so intense that the boat was rapidly filling with water as the wind-driven waves crashed against the side of the vessel. 38 Jesus seemed oblivious to the situation and was napping on a cushion in the stern. The panicked apprentices finally woke him, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re about to die?”

39 So Jesus got up and gave an order to the wind and the lake, “Silence! Calm down!”

The wind suddenly stopped. An eerie silence replaced the howling, crashing, and creaking.

40 Jesus asked the apprentices, “Why are you so afraid? Haven’t you yet figured out that you can trust me?”

41 Their fear gave way to terror and they asked each other, “Who is this guy? Even the wind and the waves follow his orders!”