Mk.5:41 – 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?”

Who is this man?! One minute He seems exhausted, passed out in the back of the boat. The storm is raging, the waves and the wind are beating on the ship, and water is pouring into the boat; Jesus is unfazed by it all and sleeps through everything. In a panic, the disciples awaken the Lord; “Hush! Calm down!” He commands the wind and the waves, instantly the lake was flat and the wind was non-existent. Who is this man?!

Sometimes, He seemed like just another ordinary man. The neighbors and family members (except for Mary) thought He was just another guy. You know, that’s the carpenter’s son, Jesus. The disciples weren’t quite sure who this man was, commanding wind and waves gave them another glimpse into His identity, God’s only begotten Son. Here is how the JFB Commentary describes this verse.

“What manner of man is this? And they feared exceedingly — were struck with deep awe. and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? — “What is this?” Israel has all along been singing of JEHOVAH, “Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, Thou stillest them!” “The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea!”. But, lo, in this very boat of ours is One of our own flesh and blood, who with His word of command hath done the same! Exhausted with the fatigues of the day, He was but a moment ago in a deep sleep, undisturbed by the howling tempest, and we had to waken Him with the cry of our terror; but rising at our call, His majesty was felt by the raging elements, for they were instantly hushed.”

Maybe you feel like you are in a storm. Storms come in all shapes and sizes. Apparently the one the experienced fishermen were dealing with that night was pretty severe, they thought they were dying. If they really knew Who it was sleeping in their boat that night maybe they would have responded in a different way. I think Mark included this story in his gospel because he knew all of us go through storms and rarely realize Jesus is right there on the boat with us. If you are a little scared, wake Him up with your prayers, He won’t mind at all.

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