Jesus Calms The Storm
Jesus Calms The Storm
By James L. Thornton
Mark 4:35. And the same day, when the even was come, He saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.
36. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took Him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.
37. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
38. And He was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake Him, and say unto Him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
39. And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
40. And He said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
41. And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him? (KJV)
This is one of the most familiar stories in the New Testament.
It is one of everybody’s favorite story.
It has formed the subject of many pictures, and the theme of many hymns.
But the incident of the storm is more than a pretty story for children.
It is so full of instructions for grown-up men and women.
Let us confine our attention to the Christ of the story.
Let us look away from the other little ships which were with them. (verse 36)
Also look away from the disciples,
Their considerateness of our Lord, then their fear, and their panic during the storm.
Look away from their speechless wonder, To the Christ displayed.
We should ever learn to Preach and Teach Christ.
1. The Weary Christ.
"And the same day,.." (verse 35)
The day he had preached all those wonderful parables. (Mark 4:1-34)
All day long He had preached.
The multitude had pressed upon Him to hear the Word. --- He had not taken time out to eat.
Not till "even was come" did He say, "Let us pass over unto the other side." (verse 35)
Days preaching in the hot and stifling atmosphere of Galilee was exhausting by any standards.
But the physical strain was not all. With our Lord, Preaching was no cheap and easy business. (and to no preacher worthy of his calling)
It is no light and unimportant task.
Paul says, "knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men;..."(11 Corinthians. 5:11a)
We cannot warn men to flee the wrath to come with a light, and gay, and irresponsible heart.
Preaching Is Serious Business.
We should watch for souls as one who shall give an account to God.
That is no pastime, it's a challenge.
Preaching is not something you do with a laugh and a smile.
Some think that the Preacher has a soft job. And possibly some Preachers may think so.
These Have Missed Their Calling.
There is no vocation so burdensome,
As Preaching the Gospel.
It puts a strain, not only on the body and mind, but strain upon the heart and spirit.
Preaching Cost Blood, Sweat, Agony, And Tears.
Preaching cost Jesus a great price,
"...: For there went virtue out of Him,..." (Luke 6:19)
The Disciples dismissed the crowd.
"...They took him even as he was..." (verse 36)
Without food, without water, without coat.
Weary, worn, faint, He had spent himself that day.
The work of redemption started long before Calvary.
He was, "...touched with the feeling of our infirmities;" (Hebrews. 4:15)
Matthew 9:36. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no Shepherd. (KJV)
He toiled till he dropped.
He fell asleep on the hard boards, --- With probably a net for a pillow.
He slept when the wind began to rise.
He slept on when the waves roared.He slept during the excitement of the boat filling with water.
Tired, weary, utterly spent in body.
2. The Seemingly Heedless Christ.
The disciples were excited and doing their best to save the ship.
At last they awake him.
"...And say unto Him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? (verse 38)
Is there ever a time when He seems not to hear your cry?
Matthew 15:22. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto Him, saying, have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
23. But He answered her not a word. ... (KJV)
John 11:1. Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.
3. Therefore his sisters sent unto Him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.
6. When He had heard therefore that he was sick, He abode two days still in the same place where He was.
Sometimes it seems He sleeps on when we cry.
But He Is Not A Heedless Christ.
The Rest Of The Story
Matthew 15:28. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. and her daughter was made whole from that very hour. (KJV)
John 11:43. And when He thus had spoken, He cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
44. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, loose him, and let him go. (KJV)
THE REST OF THE STORY.
Mark 4:39. And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, peace, be still.... (KJV)
He hears our sighs,
He counts our tears. ,
He's watching all the time.
Deuteronomy 33:27. The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: ... (KJV)
3. THE MIGHTY CHRIST.
Mark 4:39. ".... And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
40. And He said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?
41. And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, what manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?" (KJV)
They had seen the omnipotent Christ.
”And they feared exceedingly,.."
"What manner of man is this,.."
Are we not still amazed when He comes to our rescue?
He's still the mighty Christ.
1. The Weary Christ.
2. The seemingly heedless Christ.
3. The mighty Christ.
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