Summary: A study of the Gospel of Mark 4: 35 – 41
Mark 4: 35 – 41
The Perfect Storm
35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
In the Gospels of Matthew and Luke we find their reports on this same situation. So, let us see what they have to say.
Matthew 8:23-27, “23 Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. 25 Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” 26 But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
Luke 8: 22 – 25, “22 Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” And they launched out. 23 But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. 24 And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!”
By most historians findings the Gospel of Matthew was written before Mark and Luke penned their Gospels. Matthew was an apostle who was also called Levi. Our Lord approached him while he was working as a tax collector and instructed him to leave his profession and become the Lord’s follower. Matthew had over three years of personal interaction with our Precious Lord. He was an eyewitness to this entire amazing occurrence
Mark was Peter’s step son in the faith. Peter was a disciple before Matthew. He was also in the Lord’s inner circle and witnessed more fantastic displays of the Lord’s Power and Authority. Peter rehashed all that he knew about his life walking with the Lord to Mark who wrote down all the information as inspired by our Wonderful Holy Spirit.
Luke probably never saw the Lord, yet he was an excellent investigator. He probably was able to talk to Peter, Matthew, Mark and the other Apostles about this situation.
In our study we are now going to come across three incidents which reveal that our Lord Jesus Christ is the Creator. Without Him nothing was Created. What an Awesome and Amazing God we have folks. In the Gospel of John chapter 1 we read, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
That ‘darkness’ that did not comprehend the Creator is the ‘darkness’ that all of us have. We need His Power to bring forth light in our lives. We read in the book of Ephesians chapter 4, “17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.