If there was ever an event that highlights Jesus as no mere teacher, it is the record of His calming the wind and the sea in Mark 4. As evening draws on, Jesus and his disciples along with some other boats cross over the Sea of Galilee. Jesus falls asleep in the stern while a wind storm arises, and the disciples quickly begin fearing for their lives. Waking and addressing Jesus as “Teacher,” they question His care for them in their circumstances. A simple “Hush, be still” brings an immediate calm and silence. In that very moment He asks them a poignant question:”Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

At this point their fear actually increases (v.40), but the object of their fear changes. No longer are the raging waves or the howling winds their concern. Their fear is now focused on the Man whom they had called “Teacher,” and they are not sure they really know Him: “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”

They were slowly learning that this Man (for indeed He had been sleeping in the boat) was no mere teacher, but THE TEACHER. This is God Incarnate Teacher, the only Teacher who is able by His holy power to wonderfully illustrate exactly who He is. Elihu had asked the question centuries before: “Behold, God is exalted in His power; Who is a teacher like Him?” (Job 36:22) It is difficult to observe Jesus here without thinking of Psalm 107: “They have seen the works of the LORD, And His wonders in the deep. For He spoke and raised up a stormy wind, Which lifted up the waves of the sea. They rose up to the heavens, they went down to the depths; Their soul melted away in their misery. They reeled and staggered like a drunken man, And were at their wits’ end. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, And He brought them out of their distresses. He caused the storm to be still, So that the waves of the sea were hushed. (Psalm 107:24-29)

 

May God help me to be comforted by His presence, awed by His power and taught by His wisdom. May I be filled with faith in the Teacher whose powerful word can calm the storm.

 


 

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