As we've witnessed over the past few weeks, Luke is painting his portrait of Jesus, stroke by stroke. We have seen his power over disease. We have seen his power over sin. Now, Luke tells a story of Jesus’ astounding power over the chaotic forces of nature.
Like speaking to an unruly child, Jesus simply calls out “Quiet!” to a raging storm. But unlike the unruly child (!), the storm obeys and becomes completely calm. The disciples are struck with fear over the power of this person, and rightly ask, “Who is this?”
This story speaks to the identity of Jesus as the one who can do what the Biblical witness says only God can do. But it also speaks to who Jesus is for us: the one we can look to in the midst of our storms, and the only one who can ultimately calm them.
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22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.
In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”