Going Deeper 06.18.2021

The Gospel reading for Pentecost 4... Mark 4:35-41

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

Mark began his Gospel with these words: "The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God."  He then sets out to tell stories which support his claim that Jesus was indeed the long-awaited and much-anticipated Messiah/Christ, and also the very Son of God.  Through words and actions Jesus is revealed as being the Christ, fulfilling the messianic prophecies of Isaiah and other Old Testament prophets.  However, it would take a while before the disciples would understand what kind of Messiah Jesus came to be, as well as what type of Messianic Kingdom He came to establish.

This story in our text relates to the latter claim.  “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”  There is only one potential answer to that rather rhetorical question.  Only God can control the forces of nature, including the wind and the sea He created.

For us post-resurrection Christians, we have been taught all along that Jesus was and is the Messiah/Christ, the fulfillment of the prophecies, and also truly the Son of God.  We have confessed that faith for some time now.  Yet do we fully understand what that means, what type of Messiah Jesus came to be, and what type of Kingdom He has established?  And do we understand the implications of all of this?

Growth in understanding and living out of the answers to these questions is an ongoing part of our faith journey.  Coming to know Jesus more and more fully and intimately, and seeking to follow Him more and more whole-heartedly, is a life-long process.

With You on the Journey,

Mark Gabbert, Pastor

Zion Lutheran Church, Wellington

"Gratefully Growing Servants"