22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out.23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master,(C) we’re going to drown!”
He got up and rebuked(D) the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.(E)25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.
In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
Jesus gave his disciples storm training to teach them faith. One day, he said, 'Let's go over to the other side of the lake.' So they got into a boat and set out. Jesus fell asleep. Then, a violent squall struck, and the boat was almost swamped. They awakened him with a terrified cry: 'Master, we're going to drown!' Even though Jesus was in the boat with them, they were full of fear. Fear is the opposite of faith. After calming the storm, Jesus rebuked them. Jesus wanted his disciples to have faith that sustains them in times of real crisis.
2. Who is this? (25b)
Jesus' disciples had seen him heal the sick and raise the dead; but still they did not realize who he was. He is the Creator God, the Ruler of all nature. He is the giver of life. When we know that our lives are in his hands, there is nothing to fear.
Prayer: Lord, help me to live by faith and not by fear--even in hard times.