We’re Going to the Other Side
A Word from Jesus, not our fears, predicts our outcome.
Jesus had just finished teaching.
He had taught about sowing on good ground, and that the seed was the Word of God.
He also taught the parable of the mustard seed, showing how the small seed of faith grew into something larger with time.
Hopefully, they learned something.
But did the apostles learn the lesson as well?
Had they received the seed, the Word of God, and the Word of faith as good ground?
Had their seed and faith grown as the mustard seed?
Then, he sent the multitudes away, and spoke to his apostles:
Mar 4:35 ¶ And the same day, when the even was come, he said unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.
So they took a ship and set out as he commanded. It was not peaceful long.
Mar 4:37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
The apostles were gripped with fear.
The storm had come, and Jesus was sleeping as they struggled.
And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, don’t you care that we perish? Mark 4:38
So Jesus responded to their cry for help
Mar 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
Mar 4:40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
It appears that, while they heard what Jesus had taught about faith, they had not internalized it yet, and did not have the faith necessary to face the storm.
He had already indicated they would make it to the other side, but they had already forgotten about that.
So they faced the storm with fear, instead of faith.
Lesson for us
We all have storms.
We have heard about faith our entire life.
But do we have the kind of faith that will bring us through the storms?
We are in the end times.
Do we have the faith we have studied and discussed so much about?
We need to remember what Jesus says is more important than what we see around us.
He has already promised that we would pass to the other side.
He is with us. Why fear anything?
His promise is more important than the storms and tribulations.
If we have faith as a mustard seed, we will make it through those storms.
If we don’t, we might perish in the storm.
The time ahead is a time of great testing.
Jesus is not ahead of us, or behind us.
He is with us.
We need to focus on what Jesus has promised in the Word, and not look at the storms, the wars, the evil, and the dangers around us.
If we do keep our focus, we will make it to the other side.