Asking questions is an important aspect of the human experience. The human race has developed and progressed because it has asked difficult questions and sought to find answers. It’s what makes human beings distinctively different from animals. We are inquisitive; we want to know. We have been given a instinctive desire to learn and absorb knowledge. Inquiry of an intellectual kind it seems is a property that makes us unique.
In the Gospel according to Mark, the disciples ask an important question about the person of Jesus Christ. In Mark 4:41 the disciples ask “Who then is this that even the wind and the sea obey him?” The disciples had just witnessed Jesus exercising supernatural authority and power over the wind and the sea.
And he (Jesus) awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39 ESV)
After witnessing this incredible act, the disciples mutter amongst themselves and ask:
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?” (Mark 4:41 ESV)
Today, the question remains as pertinent as ever. Who exactly is this man, that even the wind and the sea obey him? To answer this question, I would like to take you to the Psalms, written hundreds of years before the birth and ministry of Jesus Christ. This is what it has to say about the raging of the natural world (wind and sea):
By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas; the one who by his strength established the mountains, being girded with might; who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples, so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs. You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy. (Psalm 65:5-8 ESV)
For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD, a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who are around him? O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O LORD, with your faithfulness all around you? You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them. (Psalm 89:6-9 ESV)
Both these Psalms declare to us that the Lord God Almighty alone has the power and authority to command the raging of the seas. It is Him alone who can rebuke the roaring of the waves and still the tumult of the peoples.
When the disciples ask the question, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (Mark 4:41 ESV), both they and us find their answer in the Psalms. For the answer is simple, the Lord Jesus Christ is God.
He is the God who speaks to the storm and tells it to be still. He is the same God who can speak into your life and bring peace, forgiveness, joy and everlasting life.
Do you know Jesus? Call upon Him today. The Bible says:
“…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 ESV)
“…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9 ESV)
“Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” (Romans 10:11 ESV)
“…whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” (John 6:37 ESV)