Summary: Life is often filled with storms. We must learn to find Christ as our “safety in the storm.”
The Gospel of Mark #12 – “Safe in the Storm”
1. ILL – October 1991 a fishing boat named the Andrea Gail sailed from a New England port to fish for swordfish. On their return, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean they faced a hurricane named Grace. Waves that measured 10 stories high, winds up to 120 mph. Meteorologist called this hurricane, Grace the “Perfect Storm”. Their decision to travel through the hurricane would cost them their lives.
2. Many times in our lives, unbeknownst to us without any warning a storm occurs. We all will face storms in our lives. No one has a life without storms.
3. This passage gives us the perfect example of our lives in the storm.
4. Mark 4:35-41 (read)
5. There are so many lessons from this story that we will not be able to discuss them all.
6. The disciples of Jesus were involved in a busy day of ministry & instruction. In fact, the Bible says in vs. 35, “that day.” Storms come during busy days of life, sometimes in the middle of our best days we face storms.
7. The storm that these disciples faced came to them while they were living in obedience to God's Word. Jesus instructed the disciples to pass over to the other side of the lake.
8. Disobedient Christians face chastisement. Obedient Christians must learn to live through the trials of life.
9. James 1:2-4 “2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
10. This trial or storm was not exclusively restricted to the disciples in Jesus' boat. Vs. 36 says that there were other little ships with them. We should keep in mind we are not the only people with problems. Many people go through what we experience.
11. 2 Cor. 10:13 “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
12. Also, it is important to note the trial or the storm occurred while the disciples were in the presence of Christ. The creator of the universe was sound asleep in the back of the ship.
13. Life is often filled with storms. We must learn to find Christ as our “safety in the storm!”
I. Identify the Storm – Vs. 37 “A furious squall came up”
A storm on the Sea of Galilee was not your average storm. It is situated in a basin surrounded by mountains & is particularly susceptible to sudden violent storms. Cool air from the Mediterranean is drawn down through the narrow mountain passes & clashes with the hot, humid air lying over the lake.
A. The storm was an unexpected event – vs. 37
1. It was a disruption! Life is filed with them.
a. Disruptive moments of crisis – the things in our life we cannot control.
b. Disruptive moments of wonderment – the things you cannot explain.
c. Disruptive moments of aging – the process we cannot avoid.
d. Disruptive moments of discipline – the thing most of us would rather not do.
e. Disruptive moments of death – usually referred to as “untimely.”
2. Often those things which take us by surprise are the things that bring the most pressure into our lives.
3. The storms on the Sea of Galilee are like the storms of life, they come quickly & can take you by surprise.
B. The Storm was an unexplained event – vs. 37-38
1. The disciples looked at what was happening & Jesus sleeping in the boat & must have wondered, “what in the world is going on? Why is this happening?”
2. This begs the question…
C. Why do storms come into our lives?
1. Sometimes, it is our own faults.
a. Jonah faced a severe storm that was caused by his own disobedience. He was thrown overboard.
b. Jonah 1:10-12 “10This terrified them and they asked, “What have you done?” (They knew he was running away from the LORD, because he had already told them so.) 11The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?” 12“Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”
2. Sometimes, they come as testing from God.
a. This storm in vs. 35-41 came as a result of God trying to teach the disciples more about Himself.