Wednesday, April 11, 2012

4/11/12 - Why Do You Fear?

Mark 4:35-41

35 On that day, as evening drew on, he said to them, “Let us cross to the other side.
36 Leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat just as he was. And other boats were with him.
37 A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up.
38 Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
39 He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm.
40 Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?”
41 They were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”

Had this passage for Lectio this morning. I've read it many times and when I meditate over it, I typically think about Christ's power over nature and the message that sent to his disciples.

For whatever reason, verse 40 really struck me today. There's a huge storm going on, and the disciples have reason to be afraid. Christ -- so UN-bothered that he'd slept through it -- asks the disciples why they were even afraid.

The didn't yet understand that they had HIM. That there is no reason for anyone who has HIM to be afraid.

Psst --- we have HIM too!