Posts Tagged ‘Jesus calms the storm’

Luke 8:22-39 Mission of Mercy for One

One miracle will impact thousands

One miracle will impact thousands

I want to take the next two sections of Luke and combine them. They are familiar passages as Matthew and Mark also shared these stories. I want to look at the chain of events and what impact it had on history.

The story starts out on the shore of the Sea of Galilee on the side near Capernaum. Jesus decides to go to the other side of the lake. Matthew and Mark both mention that Jesus had been teaching a great multitude before setting off on this trip. Jesus didn’t tell His disciples where exactly they were going, just to set sail to the other side of the lake. He didn’t even give them directions on the way. Instead He went and took a nap.

This had been a long day for Jesus. He had ministered to many people throughout the day and it was taxing on His physical body. He needed sleep. Read more »

Mark 4:35-41 Peace! Be Still!

Even the wind and the waves obey

Even the wind and the waves obey

Today we are going on a boat trip with Jesus and His disciples. Jesus had been teaching the crowds, in parables, for several hours. It is now evening and He is ready to leave. “Let us go across to the other side” (verse 35). One wild ride coming up!

A couple of things caught my attention as I read this story today. The first was the statement, “they took Him with them in the boat, just as He was” (verse 36). What is meant by “just as He was?” Does it simply imply that Jesus was hungry and tired when He got aboard and they didn’t take the time to eat or rest before setting off on this trip? We know for a fact that Jesus was tired because He fell asleep on the ride over to the other side. Was Jesus already in the boat because that was where He was teaching from? Had Jesus left something on shore, like His coat, and they didn’t go back for it before setting sail? I’m still wondering about that phrase. Read more »

Matthew 8:23-27 Jesus Calms the Storm

Storm at sea

Storm at sea

Jesus and His disciples have finally made it to the boat. Jesus had been healing people all night. He was tired and wanted to get away from the crowd. They were followed all the way to the shore. Jesus steps into the boat and His disciples follow right behind.

I have heard that the Sea of Galilee is famous for unexpected storms developing. Were there storm signs when Jesus and the disciples reached the sea? My bible says Jesus got in the boat first. Were the disciples, many of which were seasoned fishermen, hesitant to get in that day? Just curious. Whatever the sky looked like, they set sail for the other side of the Sea.

Jesus fell asleep on the journey. I’m assuming He was tired from ministering to all those people just prior to setting out for the boat. The disciples weren’t sleeping though. Were they not tired? While Jesus was healing and ministering to the people, were the disciples resting or at least taking turns resting and helping? Did healing people physically drain Jesus of energy? I know personally that running around serving people is physically and emotionally tiring. Was that what Jesus experienced? Was that why He was sleeping? The rocking of the boat probably helped to put Him to sleep too. Read more »