Jesus Calms a Storm
(Matthew 8:23-34) And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” 26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

Jesus Calms a Storm
(Mark 4:35-41)  On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

Jesus Calms a Storm
(Luke 8:22-25) One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, 23 and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. 24 And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”
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I have highlighted in blue a couple key points of similarity in each of the three accounts. The difference is the perspective based on the writer behind the account. First I see the way that the disciples approach Jesus in each of the three different accounts. Lord, Teacher, and Master, Master are the three ways they approach Jesus. Secondly, I see that in the account of Jesus calming the storm in (Matthew) Jesus says “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” I wonder if Jesus saying that them being afraid is because of the severity of the storm? Did that mean they had little faith because the storm scared them and they feared for their safety? Or is it the fact that the disciples had the power to rebuke the waves themselves; is this why Jesus said Have you still no faith? After reading Mark’s account of the calming of the storm, the other side of my brain questions the fact that they woke Jesus up. In my mind it points out that at least they had some faith in Jesus, that He could save them- that is why they woke him up! So in Luke Jesus says, “Where is your faith?” I propose the same question to you, where is your faith? The storms are going to hit, the waves may be breaking into the boat, and you must set your mind solidly on where your faith is, right now. Decide now what you are going to do when the storm hits. I challenge you to embrace your next storm, for your current storm may be God’s perfect design for you to finally begin walking your faith out. Your example may be exactly what someone else around you needs in order to have Faith enough to rebuke their next storm!

A drowning man has only one thought on his mind, Oxygen! Find this same level of desperation in your pursuit of Jesus and I promise you will find him.

– Brandon Lien