“Let us go out into the lake and drown.”
This is what His disciples thought that Jesus said, once the the wind blew and the waves became high.
What He had said was:
Mark 4:35 “The same day, when the even was come, He saith unto them, Let us pass over to the other side.”
He had then gone into the back of the fishing ship, and gone to sleep. He was not concerned about crossing the Lake.
And at first, His disciples were fine. Then “arose a great storm”.
They were fishermen, so they would have probably known if a storm was coming, but they had no inclination of one.
Mark 4:37 “And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.”
Out in the middle of the Lake, the wind started blowing hard, the waves started rising up. The fishing boat, was beginning to fill.
But they had Jesus with them.
So they came back to Him, thinking, how could He sleep when they were all in eminent danger?
Mark 4:38 “And He was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake Him, and saith unto Him, Master, carest Thou not that we perish?”
Don’t You care that we are about to drown? Was that what Jesus had said: Let us go out into the middle of the Lake and drown?
No, He had said, “Let us pass over unto the other side.”
Sometimes we hear the same way. We are fine as long as things are going as we expect.
But when “storms” come: then we wonder why Jesus brought us into these circumstances.
It can be the “storms” of gossip, or of hurt.
It can be the “storms” of illness, or accidents.
It can be the “storms” of loss, or grief.
Whatever the “winds and waves” which are tossing us about, today….He is with us.
And He wants us to “pass over” these things, together.
His Word is what is needed: whether spoken as guidance, or comfort, or to still this storm (and it’s source).
Mark 4:39 “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.”
The wind ceased: the storm was finished.
There was great calm: even in the disciples! (“What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” Mark 4:41)
So it can be with us, too.
Mark 4:40. “And He said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?”
The world and the Adversary, the devil; shows us the storm…..and our fear.
Faith shows us Christ Jesus, and believes He will do for us….what He says.
Shall we “pass over” to the other side?