I had the wonderful opportunity of sailing the Sea of Galilee when visiting Israel several years ago. It’s a freshwater lake shaped like a harp and known by locals as the Sea of Kinnereth, Hebrew for ‘harp’. It is surrounded by hills, some soaring above the lake’s surface by up to half a mile. Because the cool sea breezes pour in from the Mediterranean Sea (26 miles west) at times, they collide with the afternoon air current and violent windstorms can erupt without notice. Let’s take a look at how Jesus dealt with the winds and waves as He taught the disciples a lesson on faith.
Now it happened, on a certain day that He got into a boat with His disciples. But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake. They came to Him and awoke Him saying, “Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they were afraid and said to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water and they obey Him!” (Luke 8:22-25)
Here we see Jesus talking to the wind---and the wind listened. This same miracle is recorded in the gospels of Matthew and Mark. Piecing together the details of this story, Jesus had just finished teaching a crowd of people somewhere near Capernaum. Exhausted, He got into the boat and fell asleep, only to be awakened by His fearful followers. That’s a short description but a miracle nonetheless when He soothed the storm at their request.
I believe the disciples were afraid because they didn’t quite understand fully who Jesus was. He is God and He calmed a body of water that was created by Him. You see, on a deeper level, all nature obeys the commands of its Creator. On another occasion, Jesus walked on the very roaring waves He spoke into existence. Later, He was nailed to the exact tree that He fashioned with a destined purpose.
Actually, like the disciples, I don't comprehend ‘all’ of who Jesus is either, but I’d like to. When we do catch a glimpse of the fact that He is all-powerful, all-sustenance, all-around-us at all times, and has all-knowledge of everything, there’s no need to be afraid of anything.
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW
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