And the Creator spoke…

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son, our Lord

Luke 8:22-25

“Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him!” (verse 25)

Lakes ‘make their own weather’. On a hot day, a large body of water heats up more slowly than the land surrounding it. Air therefore rises over the land, drawing a wind off the lake. In the evening, when the land cools down faster than the sea, the airflow reverses. The greater the temperature gradient, the stronger the wind that is generated. Something like this must have happened over Lake Galilee on the day in question, when Jesus and His disciples set out in their boat to cross the lake. The wind whipped up such powerful waves that, despite the fishermen’s best efforts, the boat was in danger of sinking. And Jesus remained blissfully asleep…

What exactly did the disciples expect Him to do? They knew that He had an unusually close relationship with God; perhaps His prayers would prevail where theirs had failed. Or did they just want an extra pair of hands to bail out the water swamping their little boat? But what happened next blew their minds… Jesus did not pray; He spoke. He simply stood up and addressed the storm as if it were a naughty child – with immediate and dramatic effect. He spoke to the waters as the Creator had spoken to the waters of chaos at the beginning of creation (Job 38:11) – and they meekly obeyed.

The disciples’ fear of imminent death by drowning was now replaced by a totally different kind of fear. For who but the One who had created the wind and the sea in the first place would be able to exercise such effortless authority over them?

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