LORD OF STORMS: Mark 4:35-41

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SCRIPTURE

Mark 4:35-41 35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 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?” 39 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. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 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?”

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

BIG IDEA

In every way, Mark 4:35-41 bears the marks of eye-witness testimony. Therefore Jesus’ power is real, not fictional. Yet His power is also limitless. “Sit down and shut up!” says Jesus to a hurricane, the same way you would rebuke a child. And what happens next? It bends and bows before His face. Interestingly enough, these disciples were afraid of the storm, but terrified of the One who controlled it. Why? To be in the very presence of God is terrifying because His holiness is so pertinent—so real you can taste it—it reveals our unholiness. If we’re honest, we’d respond the same way the disciples did when they beheld Jesus’ power. But Jesus came to bring us the gospel at His own expense. Though we deserve death, judgement, and banishment from God because of our sin, Jesus does something surprising with this real, limitless, and terrifying power. He, as the greater Jonah, cast Himself into to sea of God’s judgement so we could be forgiven (see Matthew 12:41). In the boat in Mark 4, Jesus saves His disciples by standing tall and flexing His power. Yet on the cross in Mark 15, Jesus saves His disciples by bowing low and being cast into the storm. If we’re with Jesus, we will pass safely through any storm. And one day He will calm all storms forever. 

DISCUSSION

1. Was there anything from the sermon, big idea, or Mark 4:35-41 that stood out to you? challenged you? or confused you? 

2. Why is it unlikely the disciples made up this story? If you were going to make up a story about being there when jesus calmed a storm, how would you tell it? 

3. What are the differences between the way Jesus calmed the storm and the way false religions use magic and incantations to in an attempt to control the weather? 

4. How is it comforting to know that Jesus, in His sovereignty, lead the disciples into this storm? 

5. How should the disciples have reacted to the fact that the Son of God was sleeping soundly in their boat during the storm? How does this help us as we face our own mortality? 

6. Does something you have read in the Gospel accounts make you stop and say, “Who then is this?” What about Jesus amazes you the most?

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