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Even the wind and sea obey Him

Jesus had set out with His disciples to cross the sea. As they were traveling across, a great windstorm arose, and it was so powerful that the boat started taking on water rapidly. In the meantime, Jesus was asleep in the stern. The disciples, in a panic, woke Him up and accused Him of not caring about the situation. But then we read in Mark 4:39, "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."

But the disciples remained afraid. Not because of the storm, anymore. Now, they were afraid of what Jesus just did. Verse 41 says:

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?"

You have to understand that the sea obeys nobody, humanly speaking. The sea will whisk someone away and never return him. The sea sinks ships and destroys towns, and even with mankind's many technological innovations, we cannot tell the sea what to do.

So, when Jesus rebukes the sea and it goes silent, it's understandable that the disciples would be filled with fear and ask, "Who then is this?"

This is our Savior. This is the One who would eventually be arrested, beaten, and nailed to the cross for sinners like you and me. He endured that not because He couldn't stop it, but because it was His and His Father's will for Him to take the penalty of our sins. Jesus had the power to stop the crucifixion whenever He wanted. But for the joy set before Him, He went willingly.

O worship this King. He is omnipotent, but He laid aside that potency to save sinners like you and me. Thanks be to God!

Today's reading: Mark 3-4

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