They were terrified and asked each other, "Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!"
The disciples and Jesus are crossing the Sea of Galilee when a massive storm arises unexpectedly and threatens to swamp their boats. While the disciples are shouting, bailing, panicking, Jesus lies calmly asleep through all the commotion. His inaction and presumed indifference alarm the desperate men. Frantically, they wake Him up: "Teacher! Do you not care that we are perishing?" (Mark 4:38b)
Drowsy and, most likely, perturbed by this disruption of His coveted rest, the Lord commands the storm to cease. Within seconds, all is calm again. The disciples are more petrified by this act than they were by the raging winds and pounding waves. They question each other: "Who is this man?" "How did he do it?" "We've seen him cure the sick and the lame and drive out demons, but this?" "Who is this Jesus?"
For us, who know the rest of the story, the obtuseness of the disciples seems ludicrous. Before we judge them as being dense or slow-witted, however, let us remember that Jesus has not, at this point, come right out and told them who He is. He is allowing, instead, the words of His teaching and His miracles to, little by little, reveal His true identity. When their hearts and minds are ready, He knows they will see and understand that He is the Messiah, the Christ, and the author of their salvation.
If someone were to ask you today, "Who is this Jesus?", what would your answer be?
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