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When the storms come

Mark 4.35-41


Our reading today is about a journey.
The journey we read about here is not long. It is a nautical journey, from one side of the lake to the other. But it was eventful: something happened and the people who went on that journey were changed.
It was a journey that began with obedience. It was a response to Jesus. Jesus has been teaching the crowd all day. It was a large crowd, and they were pressing on him, and he had to use a boat as a pulpit. And now, as evening comes, he says, ‘Let us go across to the other side’ (4.35). [That is why it says, ‘They took him just as he was’. In other words, he didn’t even get out of the boat.]
And it was because they were obedient that those first followers ·learnt about themselves ·learnt about Jesus
1.They discover that they don’t really trust Jesus
When the storm comes, they panic. They shake Jesus awake and they say to him ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’ And Jesus challenges them, after he has calmed the storm, ‘Why are you…