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.
1 Corinthians 10:13
“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?
39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”
Was Jesus really sleeping or is he completely aware of what is going on? Is he ignoring the situation or is it possible that he is waiting for something to move into our lives? As fishermen who have witnessed and survived storms, they must have been working so hard to prevent the water from filling the boat. Until they can’t do anything anymore, they had no choice but to wake Jesus up. Many times, we rely so much on our own solutions and our own resources to weather the storms in our lives, only to find out that we need the help of God to get us through them.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know.6 Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way.
Our cry will get the attention of God. Our prayer will give him access to move into our situation and get us out of it. He knows everything we’re going through, even before they happen, but he needs our consent in order to rescue and deliver us.
2 Chronicles 7:14
14 Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.
God gave us a name so powerful that it will overcome all obstacles, all sickness and all troubles for as long as we abide in Him, the name of JESUS!
31 But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.
16 “Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed—and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus’ name has healed him before your very eyes.
16 You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.
t is a name superior to poverty, to sickness, to danger, to fear, to doubt, to ignorance and to just about anything that afflicts us and prevents us from experiencing God’s best for our lives.
“Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names.”
III- CROSS TO THE OTHER SIDE (V. 39-41)
This is the greatest experience of every believer. When God brings us to our promise land, the wilderness days become irrelevant. All the trials and the sufferings become spring board for a higher level of faith and expectancy. When we witness the power and authority of God over the events of our lives, we cannot help but be in awe of his supremacy and greatness.
Jesus did not promise poverty – he promised prosperity.
10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
He did not promise sickness, he promised health.
1 Peter 2:24
He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds, you are healed.
He did not promise troubles – he promised victory.
1 Corinthians 15:57
57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
He did not promise death – he promised life.
26 and those who live and believe in me will never die. Do you believe this?
Crossing over to the other side requires that we believe and have faith in Jesus. Trusting him to carry us through the storm and believing in his power and authority over all areas in and around our lives will bring us safely to the other side.
(V.35) As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.”