“On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 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. ”
“And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 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?”
” 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. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
And the same day, when the even was come … After He had finished his parables among the multitude, and had explained them to His disciples.
Let us pass over unto the other side – Our Lord was now by the sea of Galilee.
Even as He was in the ship – They took Him without making any preparation for the voyage; without providing any food or raiment.
He was sitting in a ship, or boat, instructing the people. In the same boat, probably ill fitted to encounter a storm on the lake, they sailed. This of course would render their danger more imminent and the miracle more striking.
There were with Him other little ships belonging probably to the people, who, seeing Jesus sail, resolved to follow Him.
… and the waves beat into the ship so that it was full of water and ready to sink. They were in imminent danger, in the utmost extremity.
And He was in the hinder part of the ship … That is, Christ was in the stern or rear of the ship.
And He arose and rebuked the wind … He arose from off his pillow, and stood up; and with majestic authority reproved the wind, as if it was a servant that had exceeded his commission; at which he shows some resentment.
and the wind ceased, and there was a great calm; which was very unusual and extraordinary; for normally after the wind has ceased and the storm is over, the waters of the sea are still agitated, and keep raging in a violent motion for a considerable time.
However here, as soon as the word was spoken, immediately, at once, the wind ceased, and the sea was calmed: a clear proof that Jesus must be the most high God, who gathers the winds in His fists and stills the noise of the seas and their waves.
Jesus asks “why are ye so fearful?” Since He was with them in person, they had no reason to question Him considering the miracles they had already seen Him perform.
How is it that ye have no faith? Next to none, or none in this case.
In Matthew 8:26 we read, “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?” Faith they had, for they applied to Christ for relief: but little, for they were afraid even though Christ was in the ship. Faith dispels fear, but only in proportion to its strength.
Its my belief that many events which occured in the Bible were used to set examples for our faith. Some stories, even seemingly impossible ones are great metaphors for tests of our own faith in the face of hardships and even persecution …
What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him? Surely this person must not be a mere man. He must be more than a man; He must truly be God Who has such power over the wind and sea.
Since the disciples must have known before who and what Jesus was, the truth of Christ’s deity would be all the more established and confirmed by this wonderful instance of such power.