Rev Bill Woods
Luke 8:22-25 — One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and started out.
23 As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger.
24 The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. The storm stopped and all was calm!
25 Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?” The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!”
Mark tells us this miracle happened after Christ encountered the opposition of His friends and enemies.
Mark 3:20-35 — One time Jesus entered a house, and the crowds began to gather again. Soon he and his disciples couldn’t even find time to eat.
21 When his family heard what was happening, they tried to take him away. “He’s out of his mind,” they said.
22 But the teachers of religious law who had arrived from Jerusalem said, “He’s possessed by Satan, the prince of demons. That’s where he gets the power to cast out demons.”
23 Jesus called them over and responded with an illustration. “How can Satan cast out Satan?” he asked.
24 “A kingdom divided by civil war will collapse.
25 Similarly, a family splintered by feuding will fall apart.
26 And if Satan is divided and fights against himself, how can he stand? He would never survive.
27 Let me illustrate this further. Who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man like Satan and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house.
28 “I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven,
29 but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences.”
30 He told them this because they were saying, “He’s possessed by an evil spirit.”
31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him. They stood outside and sent word for him to come out and talk with them.
32 There was a crowd sitting around Jesus, and someone said, “Your mother and your brothers are outside asking for you.”
33 Jesus replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”
34 Then he looked at those around him and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers.
35 Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”
There were several other confrontations where He was even accused of being demon-possessed.
He told several parables and warded off several attacks and was exhausted.
This had been a bad day of ceaseless pressure and agonizing responsibility, a day of physical and mental exhaustion.
Jesus told His disciples to go to the other side of the lake — the eastern shore.
He lay down in the boat to rest.
This was between 5 and 7 miles from where they were. As they made their way across the lake a storm suddenly broke.
Mark 4:35-41 — As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.”
36 So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed).
37 But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.
38 Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”
39 When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the water, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.
40 Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
41 The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”
That’s kind of a picture of life. Not all storms we face are weather related. Some are of the emotional and spiritual nature.
We start out going where we’re supposed to go and doing what we’re supposed to do and suddenly we’re caught in some turmoil that just about sinks our boat.
All kinds of storms come to all of us in this lifetime.
Often, we think we can’t bear up under the pressures of the storm only to find the weight seems too great and we can’t continue on. We want to throw in the towel and just quit!
When these stressful times come we must learn to turn to the Lord for His help.
How heavy does something have to be, to be too heavy for us to manage? When do the circumstances become so severe that we just feel like quitting?
A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to her class.
She raised a glass of water; everyone expected her to ask the “half empty or half full” question.
Instead, she asked: “How heavy is this glass of water?”
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She said, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass hasn’t changed, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
“The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt.
And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”
It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses as early as you can–put your burdens down.
Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!
Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29, ESV).
Good news! Jesus doesn’t leave us to flounder in the storm alone — He is in the storm with us. He will share the load we carry. He says, “His yoke is easy and His burden is light.”
Take a closer look at THE CRISIS ON THE LAKE (V. 23 )— As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger.
The lake, or Sea of Galilee, was notorious for its horrific storms, which came with shattering and terrifying suddenness.
They were like some of the storms we experienced when we lived in Cheyenne.
Or like the storm we experienced this week in Sun Valley, with massive lightning and thunder and winds that knocked our power out and left us in the dark for 18 hours.
If we would’ve had any trees many of them would be down after that storm!
The storm that caught the disciples on the Sea of Galilee was humongous. More than these seasoned fishermen could handle! They’d been through storms before, but nothing compared with this one!
The Sea of Galilee lies in a basin 600 feet below sea level. It is surrounded by high mountains causing cold air to rush down the gorges and meet the warm air in the basin creating severe storms on the lake.
Maybe, like those disciples, you’re caught in a storm today. One so severe you’re close to panic!
Is your storm a domestic problem — maybe a war within the home — a divided family under one roof?
You’ve reacted in anger and said things that can’t be retracted.
You’ve burned bridges that can never be rebuilt.
There’s animosity and resentment and the atmosphere of your home is charged with cruelty and massive stress.
That storm is in so many homes today. Christ can ease the storm in your home!
For others it’s the storm of physical problems.
Perhaps the hounding “fear of the unknown” — the unknown future for so many seems totally frightening.
Some are facing a storm of doubt — the old truths no longer seem quite enough.
Thomas had to put his finger in the nail prints.
Some are facing the storm of decision.
They’ve come to a crossroads, there’s no word from Heaven. Their minds are in turmoil and they’re fearful.
Its night and they’re in the midst of a storm.
As we read this story, it’s important to notice the storm was so severe the ship was being swamped.
These men were seasoned fishermen! They knew this lake.
Yet here they were in a storm and their boat was sinking.
Not only was the boat getting swamped — they were in great danger. This was a crisis situation!
2. THE CRY OF THE DISCIPLES (V. 24) — The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. The storm stopped and all was calm!
The Galilean fishing boats were very large and hard to handle. They had one large mast and a large 3-cornered sail.
Jesus was probably asleep on a deck like platform when this storm came up.
The disciples woke Jesus and told Him they were all going to drown!
Jesus responded by getting up and rebuking the raging wind and the rough sea.
Immediately the storm ceased!
Jesus demonstrated His Power to still the storm.
There was a complete calm — a total stillness that descended on the lake.
Christ’s mastery over the elements was complete.
3. THE CHRIST WHO CONFOUNDS (V.25 )— Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?” The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!”
Jesus questioned the disciples about their faith.
We get the impression that the disciples shouldn’t have been terrified. They should’ve trusted Him.
The One who is Lord of history and nature was in the boat — why should they fear?
The disciples were amazed! They kept asking each other, “Who is this?”
This is a very important question which Luke doesn’t want us to miss.
This is a nature miracle — different because it shows the Lordship of Christ over man and his world. (25b) “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!”
The disciples should’ve known when Jesus got in the boat He said, “Let’s go to the other side of the lake.”
He didn’t say “Let’s go to the middle of the lake and sink like a rock.”
You know Jesus is in your boat with you today too.
The news about what’s happening in this world is completely unnerving!
All you hear are threats of war, runaway inflation, depression, shortages, coming famine, raising interest, money being devalued, and on and on.
It’s all anyone can do to keep from going into sheer panic.
Let me give you a word of encouragement, Jesus promised He’ll never leave you or forsake you.
Let Him still your storms.
I was remembering the story of Henry J. Taylor, a famous American journalist who wrote about an experience he had as a boy.
His father owned a mine and one time took Henry with him to inspect a new elevator being installed in the mine.
Before the elevator’s safety cage was fitted, someone had to go down the shaft in a barrel dangling on the end of a rope.
Taylor went down in the barrel with his dad.
He was terrified! The barrel swinging and swaying at the end of the rope, banging against the sides of the shaft.
Henry began to panic! He was so frightened that his heart was beating like a trip hammer, he thought it was going to beat right out of his chest!
His father put his strong arm around him and kept saying, “Don’t be afraid, son.”
At the bottom of the shaft, they found a strange, dark, frightening underground world.
A miner warned them to be careful of poison gas!
That warning made things worse! Henry likened the whole experience to a horrible nightmare.
The only thing in the whole terrifying ordeal was that Henry’s dad was right there to comfort and protect him.
A miner asked Henry, “Aren’t you scared?”
“Well,” Henry answered honestly, “I’d really be scared except my father is with me.”
That’s where I am today. The world seems to be coming apart at the seams and “I’d be awfully scared except my Father is with me!”
I have the hope that Jesus will strengthen me here and has prepared a wonderful place where I will spend Eternity with Him!
Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. — John 14:1–3.
If you don’t have that assurance, you need to accept Him as your Savior too!
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