Summary: When the storms of life come crashing in, are we tempted to ask, "Jesus, Don’t You Care?"

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The Sea Of Galilee, sometimes called The Lake of Gennesaret, is located in Israel. It is surrounded by hills and mountains. It is much, much smaller than Lake Erie: But like Erie it is subject to quick developing, violent storms. Several years ago our newspapers were filled with stories of three teenagers who set out in a small Boston Whaler for a trip between Falmouth and Martha’s Vineyard. A sudden storm swamped their small boat. Two boys died. A girl was found alive 10 hours later. This winter has proved that the weather forecasters do not always know when a storm is going to hit.

Nearby Gloucester received nationwide attention because of the "Perfect Storm," which spawned a best selling book and movie by the same name. (By the way, a member of this church filled the fuel tanks of that boat just before its final, deadly trip to sea.) Living near to the coast, we can understand the danger of storms.

In a children’s Sunday School class, most of us learned the story that I just read from the Book of Mark. Jesus and some of his disciples were in a boat on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus had a heavy teaching/preaching schedule that day. He was tired and he fell asleep on some type of a cushion in the stern of the boat.(Certainly not a USCG approved life cushion.) While he was sleeping, "A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped."(v.17) Verse 36 informs us that there were other boats in Jesus’ fleet that day. Other lives were also in danger. Living near the water has taught me that not all fisherman can swim.

(Illustration: An 87 year old lady, Adeline, who spent much of her early life between New Bedford and Cuttyhunk Island, used to tell me of her brother who would fish and take her for boat rides 80 years ago, even though he could not swim. Younger Adeline learned to dive and to swim at age three Their mother was always worried when her children were on the water.) Surly the disciples could tell stories of friends who drowned in the Sea of Galilee.

The New Testament story of Peter walking on the water implies to me that the fisherman Peter could not swim. He took his eyes off of Jesus and began to sink. He was saved when Jesus reached out his hand to help. Without Jesus we are sunk. The longer we live the Christian life, the more we realize that we need him involved in every area of our lives, every moment of every day.(24/7)

We know who Jesus is. We know that he loves us. We know how he has helped us in the past. We read his Word, listen to sermons, listen to Christian radio broadcasts, and even have Christian CD’s in our cars--And yet at times our faith is not quite strong enough and we, like the disciples, ask, "Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?"(v.38) May I point out five acts of Jesus which are added proof that he cares. Moffett’s translation of Mark reads, "Teacher, are we to drown for all you care?" JESUS CARES.


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