Day 2

January 4

Mark 4

Mark 4 - NIV - That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!

After a long day of teaching to a big crowd from a boat, Jesus and the disciples set sail to go to the other side of the lake. Maybe you can relate to a long day of dealing with the chaos of online school for your kids. Maybe it is trying to work remotely or in office where no one can interact. Then, on top of the stress, coming home to cook dinner, do laundry, or any other responsibility. I’m sure for a lot of us, sleep is something we look forward to after days like that. We can understand why Jesus would choose to rest after preaching to a bunch of people that wouldn’t leave him alone!

In this story it is easy to see the situation where Jesus calms the storm and say “whatever storm you have in your life, Jesus can calm it.” That is so true and good, but I want to focus on the response of the disciples after Jesus does this amazing miracle in the face of their fear. They have seen Jesus heal paralyzed people, a person with leprosy, drive out demonic spirits, call others to follow him, and preach with supernatural authority, and yet are still asking themselves, “Who is this?” (v.41)

The disciples might frustrate you as you read Mark. They sometimes don’t seem to get what Jesus is saying and teaching, asking Him to explain parables or arguing who is the best disciple among them while Jesus was teaching servanthood. They didn’t grasp all the times Jesus talked about the cross and His death and resurrection. The disciples were struggling at points to understand who Jesus was and what that meant for them. “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

For us, let’s stop and think for a second about how we view Jesus. Ask yourself if you understand the authority Jesus has. If you understand His authority, should that change the way you pray, you worship, you parent, you work, and you live? Jesus has authority over sickness, over demonic spirits, over nature itself! Do we believe that the same Jesus lives inside of us and has given us the same authority? Luke 10:19 tells us this, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”

Today, take a moment and ask for God to make clear His authority over your life. Submit to Jesus today your plans, your motives, your habits, and your life and walk in His authority. Ask “Who is this,” and be in awe of Jesus and what He has done for you.

Question: Do you believe in the authority of God, and if so, does it reflect in your life? How would pursuing Him look if we walked in His authority?

Pastor Blake McCarty
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