Who is This? – Dec. 17
On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Mark 4:35-41
The experienced fishermen were facing a nasty storm. And to their great consternation, Jesus remained asleep. They could not understand his absolute calm in the midst of this danger—He didn’t even wake up! So they woke Him up, and questioned His care for them, and perhaps His sanity as well.
“Don’t you care that we are perishing?” they asked.
So Jesus chose this moment to reveal His identity to them. With a few words He commanded the wind and it ceased and the storm that had been life-threatening a moment before was suddenly calm. In a few words, this small man showed Himself to have authority over the forces of nature itself. There was no force in this world mightier than this One who was in the boat with them. They had thought to rebuke Him, but He now questions them. “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”
There is no earthly fear that is appropriate when God the Son is with you. No danger that is outside of His control. No problem that He cannot solve with a word.
Suddenly, their fear of dying was exchanged for another kind of fear. A holy fear. The fear of mortal men in the presence of God. God was with them in the boat. God the Son. God the Creator. God the all-powerful. His human vulnerability was a moment-by-moment choice and in no way limited the divine power available to Him, or the divine holiness that should command the awe and trembling of all those around him.
Who then was this?
Jesus Christ. God the Son.
The mountain-maker and the commander of wind and waves. The sustainer of the universe. And, in all truth, He is in our boat with us as well. Let us have faith with reverence and joy with trembling, knowing that we are crossing the sea and storm of our life in His mighty presence.