Theology for the Storm

Sunday morning we returned to our sermon series on the Gospel of Mark. At the end of chapter four we find the disciples having to take a pop quiz on what they had learned throughout the day. Jesus had been teaching His disciples all day. He had worked miracles, taught the multitudes, rebuked the Pharisees, and cast out demons. Now, after a long hard day, He and His disciples head across the Sea of Galilee on a small boat. He had told them, “We are going to the other side.” This was a word of promise and a word of prophecy. I find it interesting that “other small ships” went with them. There is an incredible analogy to our lives as a journey on the sea. We are all on the journey together. The one thing that was different is that Jesus was in this boat. The human Jesus was exhausted from the long hard day. Pentecost describes it this way, “Faintness, weariness, exhaustion, dominated the physique of the human Jesus, and he lay in quiet rest, fanned by the gentle breeze of the lake and soothed by the rhythmic motion of the boat. Near Him, His disciples no doubt converse in subdued tones about the happenings of the day, while others quietly manage the sails and guide the gliding craft over the placid waters. The last glimmerings of the day fade from the western horizon and the night spreads its mantle over this peaceful scene. The stars begin to give off the only light needed for sailing the boat, now in the middle of the placid sea. Suddenly the northeasterly breeze stiffens and along the horizon of the lake to the north and east the clouds thicken. The heavens rapidly grow darker and darker. A wild wind swoops down the gorge of the Jordan from the heights of Mt. Hermon on the north and the storm is upon them.” With every moment the storm grows worse and worse until it becomes a great tempest. Now the waves were lashing furiously and breaking over the sides of the boat so that it was already filling with water. They were in great danger, yet their master lay on the seat of the stern asleep on a pillow as Mark tells us. Storms can appear on the lake out of nowhere. The same is true in our lives. Storms have a way of appearing suddenly and severely. The message Sunday morning was a lesson in fear versus faith. It is not a question of “if” there will be storms in our lives, it is a question of “how to we respond” to those storms. You can listen to the message Theology for the Storm by following this link or visit our sermons page.

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