Jesus had been very busy teaching people about the kingdom of God. He continued to heal people from sicknesses as well. Crowds always follow Jesus wanting to know more about him. I think it is mainly out of curiosity. I wonder how many actually believe he is truly the Son of God.
One evening, crowds continued to follow him and came to the lakeside. Jesus stepped into a boat. The crowds began to leave to go home for dinner, to look after their chores and their families. However, there were a few who got into boats to follow Jesus.
Jesus was tired, so he laid down inside the boat with his head on a cushion. He fell asleep to the noise of the waves slapping against the sides of the boat. I am not surprised he was so tired, it had been a long day with many trying to grab his attention.
The Sea of Galilee is well known for storms starting up quickly because of where it is located. This evening was no exception. A storm suddenly appeared causing large waves to crack against the boat spilling water into it. The disciples were busy chucking out the water with buckets as fast as they could.
The winds blew harder rocking the boat back and forth. It was enough to make anyone sea sick.
The waves grew larger and larger.
Jesus was still asleep!
The disciples panicked and went over to wake Jesus up. One was crying out “Jesus! Save us! We’re going to drown!”
Another asked how he could sleep through such a storm, did he not care if they were going to drown.
Jesus responded to them asking “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!”
Jesus stood up and spoke to the wind and waves and said “Silence! Be still”!
The water became still. The wind stopped. There was not even a breeze.
The disciples looked at each other and at Jesus.
Sorrow came over them.
They were amazed asking each other “Who is this man? The winds and waves obey him.”
I can understand why the disciples were afraid. If you had seen the waves that were coming into our boats, you would have been afraid and sea sick as well. We were all soaked through, tired and sore from throwing out water and trying hard to stay in the boat.
But, I and the men in the other boats, was amazed at what Jesus did. Jesus just slept through the storm. Nothing bothered him.
I have to say after witnessing what Jesus did I believe he is Lord over the earth. He has control over the wind and the waves. He is amazing! I am so glad I jumped into one of the boats to follow him.
*When Jesus said to the disciples that they had little faith he was telling them they lacked confidence and had an underdeveloped faith.
For further study: Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25