Who is this that even the wind and the storm obey him?
Trinity 3 June 21st 2015, Mark 4:35 – 41 (full version in Sermons)
Let’s go on a journey to the Sea of Galilee and go back a few years, well let’s make it 2000 years or so.
A hot and sunny day, Jesus had been talking and talking and just wanted a few moments of peace and so drifted off to sleep.
The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) is in northeast Israel, near the Golan Heights in the Jordan Rift Valley, an area where there are earthquakes and previously volcanic activity It’s a large fresh water lake about 10 miles by 7 miles and is the lowest freshwater lake on Earth.
Jesus went out in the boat with the disciples to go the other side.
‘A great gale arose, and the waves beat into the boat so that the boat was already swamped.’
And what was Jesus doing during this storm?
Fast asleep in the stern of the boat! Imagine the wind raging the small boat boat being tossed around by the great waves…. And Jesus was fast asleep.
You can imagine that the disciples were panicking, Not surprising! So they wake him and ask,’ Is he not bothered that they are about to sink!
Jesus tells the wind to stop and the sea to be still.
‘Then the wind ceased and the sea was dead calm’.
Imagine their faces, ‘Who then is this that even the wind and the sea obey him?
Calming the storm, energy and power, who’s in control and where is the fear?
Faith in Jesus and goodbye to fear!
Rev’d Sue Martin – Faith Goes Walkabout