Then He said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth; but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade.” And with many such parables He spoke the word to them as they were able to hear it. But without a parable He did not speak to them. And when they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples.
Jesus’ Kingdom started small, but was not going to stay small. Look at how big it is today! It’s incredible to think that it all began with those first few followers!
On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
We need to remember that quite a few of Jesus’ followers were fishermen, so they were used to boats and wind and rough seas. This must have been a particularly big storm! On this journey, there were a number of boats in danger and the waves were coming over the sides of the boats so they thought they were going to sink, yet Jesus was fast asleep during it all! Sometimes in our lives, we feel that if Jesus was awake (aware of what we were going through) then He would stop all the problems for us: We feel we want to wake Him up and say to Him, “I can’t cope, I’m drowning”.
Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”
It is important not to forget that Jesus is all powerful and He loves us very much and He is in the storm with us… we might feel that He has abandoned us, but He hasn’t and He wants us to have faith in the storm, trusting in His care even though we feel afraid. We must remember that Jesus is always with us and there is always hope! And if and when He decides it is best for us, He can easily say the word and the whole storm we are in will stop.
And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
His followers were finally starting to understand that Jesus was not just an amazing teacher and healer, but was, in fact, God walking on the earth with them – with power over the wind and the waves!
- Ask Jesus to help you trust that He is with you at this moment, whatever you are going through
- Ask Jesus to help you believe that He is a powerful teacher, so you can trust what He says
- Ask Jesus to help you see that He is God, so He’s able to do amazing things