Mark 4:35 – On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” (Verse 36) Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. (Verse 37) And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat so that it was already filling.
(Verse 38) But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” (Verse 39) Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. (Verse 40) But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” (Verse 41) And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and sea obey Him!”
He is the Sovereign Lord of the Universe
The word “sovereign” is not in the Old King James or the New King James versions of the Bible but is in the New Living Translation. The reason for this is that there is actually not a definition in Hebrew or Greek for the word “sovereign.
1 Timothy 6:15 – which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords,…
Potentate, here, means “all-powerful.” King of kings and Lord of lords refers to His sovereignty. Sovereign means He is the supreme Ruler of the universe. There is no king above Him. There is no lord above Him. Jesus is not just the supreme leader He’s the supreme leader of every supreme leader! Jesus has absolute power; He has the right to have that power, and He is actually the One that created that power. He doesn’t get His power from anyone or anything. And because we know He’s good and kind and loving, and faithful and merciful and full of grace, it’s alright that He doesn’t answer to anyone.
Look at this: Mark 4:35 – On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” (Verse 36) Now when they had left the multitude, “they took Him along in the boat as He was.”
“As He was.” And how was He? We have to go back to what had happened that day. Jesus had been teaching all day. He could only teach by parables because that was all they could understand. But watch what happened when He got alone: Mark 4:10 – But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable.
Mark 4:33 – And with many such parables He spoke the word to them as they were able to hear it. (Verse 34) But without a parable, He did not speak to them. And when they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples.
Every time Jesus taught the multitudes, He would then get alone with His disciples and explained to them what He had just taught the crowds. So, “as He was” means: Jesus was extremely tired and exhausted so the disciples “took Him,” they either carried Him or helped Him into the boat. So what was the first thing He did when in the boat, He went to sleep. Keep in mind: Jesus is fully God, fully human. God never sleeps or slumbers, but the human part needed rest. As a human, He got tired and hungry.
“Be still” are two words in English, one word in Greek – Phimos – to muzzle. “Be still” (phimoo); to close the mouth with a muzzle. Here is what Jesus actually said to the storm, “Put a muzzle on it!” Jesus is the supreme Ruler, so why in the world would we ever worry about anything if you belong to Him?
He is Faithful and True
Revelation 3:14 – “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God:
Revelation 19:11 – Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True,…
“Faithful” means “full of faith.” But what is faith? The root of the word faith is trust. When we say, “Put your faith in Jesus, ” we are saying,, “Put your trust in Him!” The root of the word “trust” though is “true.” The reason we trust someone is that they are “true.” People that are not “true” can’t be trusted. Make sense? They aren’t worthy of trust.
So the reason we trust God is that He’s true! God is faithful which means He’s full of truth! Numbers 23:19 – “God is not a man, that He should lie”; Titus 1:2 – in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised; Hebrews 6:18 – it is impossible for God to lie. This is why it’s so important to know the attributes of God, because the more we know Him, the more we trust Him!
Jesus will never lie to us and He’s always faithful. Even when we think He has let us down, He hasn’t! He’s always looking out for our best.
Faith or Fearful
In Mark 4:40, Jesus said, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” Have you ever been flooded by fear? I have when I lost my house and couldn’t stop it. Nowhere to go consumed me with fear. The enemy came in like a flood. In the same way that fear can flood us, faith can flood us also, just one word from God is all we need.
Hebrews, Chapter 11, is the “Hall of Faith” and it talks about men and women who built their faith. Hebrews 11:11 – By faith, Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age because she judged Him faithful who had promised.
Faith is judging God faithful! Fear is judging God unfaithful. When something happens in our life, we either judge God faithful or judge Him unfaithful. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Always remember: The first word He gives you and the fresh word He gives you.
The first words that Jesus gave the disciples in Mark 4:35 were, “Let us cross over to the other side.” He didn’t say “Let us get in the boat and drown!” He had already given them a word from God where they were going. So when something happens, go back to what God told you at first because no matter what happens in between, He will bring it to pass! And in the middle of the storm, He will stand up and say, “Put a muzzle on it!” Peace! He will rebuke the enemy for our sake!
The things that happen to us might be beyond us to fix, but they are never beyond God. He is the supreme Being of this universe!