From the bible this week: Jesus calms the storm

Nature is powerful.

This week I am giving a talk at WACT (St Stephen’s Willoughby youth group) on Jesus calming the storm.

Storm brewing

Jesus’ power and authority never cease to amaze me. The story of him calming the storm is one of my favourite miracles. Jesus and the disciples are going across Lake Galilee, when a massive storm brewed. This is a kind of weird concept on a lake, but the geography of Lake Galilee made this possible. I imagine it being something like this or this.

Jesus’ disciples were freaking out, so they woke Jesus. This is what Jesus did…

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

Mark 4:39

Jesus is the Son of God. He is God! He has power over nature, and he has power over death!

Jesus truly is amazing!



2 Responses to “From the bible this week: Jesus calms the storm”

  1. 1 Tim Mitchell June 5, 2009 at 12:34 am

    This reminds me of Jesus walking on water in John 6, which we looked at a few weeks ago at uni (well OK, the passages aren’t all that similar, but they’re both set on a lake in the midst of rough weather, and that’s a good enough segue for me! :)) I particularly love verse 20.

    First, look at Young’s Literal Translation, (don’t you just love :D) which says:
    “and he saith to them, `I am [he], be not afraid;'”
    Apparently this is based pretty closely on the original language.

    The Greek I AM brings to mind Exod 3:14, where God gives his name as I AM. Here Jesus is claiming to be God! He’s saying- “I’m God: don’t fear!”

    So when you read a translation like the ESV “But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” a bit of the impact and original meaning is lost.

    But who cares if Jesus claimed to be God? Plenty of people have claimed to be a god in the past.

    The thing is, Jesus doesn’t just claim to be God, but he proves it by his actions- he just happens to walking on water in the middle of a storm at the time! How awesome’s that!

    You’re right- “Jesus truly is amazing!”

  2. 2 Calum Henderson June 5, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Nice Tim! I like the connection.

    And yes, Jesus truly is amazing!

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