Power Over Nature (Matthew 8:53; 8:18, 23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25). It was the evening of
that eventful and exciting day of new teaching, and once more a crowd was gathering around Him. They
heard the parables, but did not understand. Yet, they were not discouraged. Jesus was exhausted. “Let
us go over to the other side.”
They started out from Capernaum, probably expecting to land somewhere in the vicinity of Bethsaida-
Julias on the northeast side of the sea. There they could seek out some quiet nook in the hills near enough
to a town to get food, and spend some hours in complete rest. The myriads of glittering stars dot the sky,
and furnish all the needed light for the sailing craft now midway across the placid sea. But the quiet,
serene scene was destined soon to be changed. Suddenly the northeasterly breeze stiffens and along the
horizon of the sea to the north and east the clouds thicken. The sky rapidly grows darker and darker and
in just a few moments a wild wind swoops down the gorge of the Jordan from the heights of Mt. Hermon
and hitting the cliffs on the eastern shore, the winds swirl and twist, causing the water beneath them to
churn violently. Again and again the boat was buried amid the foam of the breakers which burst over the
lower parts completely. They were in great danger and the Master lay on the seat of the stern steeped in
the profound slumber of exhaustion.
The experienced fishermen realized their perilous predicament—they were in great danger. Out of great
fear the disciples voiced their cry, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown! Jesus was still Master even if
He were asleep. But they had not yet come to understand that He was the Lord of nature. First, He
rebuked the disciples, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds
and the waves, and it was completely calm.
Christ had created the world by the word of His mouth. The authority that brought everything to
existence also controls the elements within nature. He demonstrated to His disciples that one day all
creation will be in subjection to Him. Fear gripped their hearts, but He called them to faith. Confidence
in the Person of Christ and the Word of Christ would deliver them from fear.
“Let us go over to the other side”—though the tempest is raging—the lake is calm—heaven’s within my
breast—and with joy I shall make the blest harbor, and rest on the blissful shore.
Jesus premeditated and planned this climax to His lesson of the day. He invited the disciples to cross the
Sea of Galilee. His point of reference for this parabolic-miracle is that the Sower’s word is powerful (cf.
Heb 1:3; 4:12). It will not fail to produce results. The leaders of Israel might reject His Person and
Word, but for the apostles this miracle would produce faith that could endure whatever experiences might
come to them in the days ahead.