Summary: Jesus did not bring his disciples to get on the boat and perish in the middle of the Sea of Galilee. He promised His disciples that they would cross to the other side. Whatever storms we encounter in life, Jesus will give us safe landing.
Crossing to the Other Side
New Living Translation (NLT)
Jesus Calms the Storm
35 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 waves, “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!”
Jesus did not bring his disciples to get on the boat and perish in the middle of the Sea of Galilee. He promised His disciples that they would cross to the other side. Whatever storms we encounter in life, Jesus will give us safe landing.
“There are many Christians today who seem to think the boat is going down! I am tired of the wailing of some of my friends who take that view. The boat cannot go down. Jesus is on board.” (Morgan)
“Jonah ended up in a storm because of his disobedience, but the disciples got into a storm because of their obedience to the Lord.” (Wiersbe)
When we are walking outside the will of God, it can be expected that troubles will follow because we are outside God’s protective covering. However, when troubles come while we live in the light and faithfully obey the commands of God, it is difficult to stay in faith, as the disciples showed in this circumstance. The disciples were with Jesus in the boat, yet to them, the power of the storm appeared to be greater than the power of God. In the natural, we all experience the same feeling. We maybe walking in faith, believing in the power and promise of God, and living in the Spirit, yet one crisis can completely shatter and obliterate our faith and belief in God and forget everything He has done in our lives.
I- CRISIS WILL COME NO MATTER WHAT (v.36-37)
“They strengthened the believers and encouraged them to remain true to the faith. We must pass through many troubles to enter the Kingdom of God, they taught.”
Becoming a believer does not relieve us from the oppression, injustice and corruption that is inherent in this world. We are just as vulnerable and as open as any unbeliever from the attacks of the devil to steal, kill and destroy God’s plan and purpose for our lives. What is difficult to accept for Christians is that not even our obedience can shield us from overwhelming trials to come our way. As a result, many become discouraged and fall away.
“The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. 21 but since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word.”
We are not to focus on the trials and troubles as if we are expecting them as part of our Christian life, because even unbelievers have the same experience.
“Every test that you have experienced is the kind that normally comes to people. But God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, he will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out.”
What we should focus on and expect is that from every trial and trouble that gets in our way, God will deliver us through. This is what separates a believer from an unbeliever.
“Good people suffer many troubles, but the Lord saves them from them all.”
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
II- CRY OUT TO JESUS TO GET YOU THROUGH THE STORM (v. 38)
The disciples were skilled fishermen and have witnessed innumerable storms at sea. They must have been in distress so many times as professional fishermen. They probably figured out what to do, but they also saw Jesus sleeping. How many times have we blamed God for allowing us to remain in unbearable situations? How many times have we complained to Him about the difficulties we’re in?