Grace and peace be unto you.
Have you ever experienced a level of Jesus’ power and authority that left you in awe? How has it impacted your life? The Bible says, “And Jesus came and said to them, all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matthew 28:18). Although we will not experience all of Jesus’ power and authority in our lifetime, he reveals enough so that we know him. It is good to know him intellectually, but when we experience his power and authority, our faith, respect, and understanding increase. Furthermore, our relationship with him improves.
The story is told that Jesus instructed his disciples to get on a boat with him and go to the other side. While they were on their journey, a windstorm arose, and water started filling the boat. The disciples were concerned that they would drown and woke up Jesus who was asleep. He got up and rebuked the wind and the waves, and there was calm. The disciples were in awe and said to each other, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (Mark 4:35-41).
Jesus is all-knowing, hence he knew about the storm beforehand. He deliberately led the disciples into it so that they would witness another level of his power and authority. They were familiar with him performing miracles such as raising the dead, healing the sick, feeding the multitude, and turning water into wine, but they had never seen him calm a storm. Thus, they learned the scope of his authority and marveled that even the winds and waves obey him.
Jesus modus operandi has not changed, as such, he will lead us into storms. But most importantly, he will reveal his power and authority. Scripture says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (Isaiah 43:2). Through the storms, we learn to trust Jesus and become more effective witnesses for him.