Fresh Hope – 17th May 2016

I love the story found in the Bible in Mark 4, verse 35. It says,
“That day when evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!””

Here we find Jesus and His disciples faced with a pretty big storm while travelling in a pretty small boat. It’s no surprise to me that the disciples were afraid, yet Jesus wanted to know why they were so fearful…

Now, I don’t think that He was referring to the storm when asking the disciples this question, but rather the statement He had made before they set sail. The first thing Jesus said before they got in the boat together was, “Let us go over to the other side.” Jesus had already declared where they would end up before they got going…

If the disciples would’ve recognised this, then I don’t think fear would’ve ever entered the equation because Jesus had already told them that it wasn’t going to end this way.

Today, you need to know that the same thing Jesus told His 12 friends is the same thing He wants to tell you…’You’re gonna make it.’
Whatever storm you may be faced with right now, whatever waves may be crashing up against your boat, you will reach the other side.

Though things may seem dull and death may be fast approaching, no longer do you have to walk in fear, but instead, you can live with confidence today knowing that Jesus has already declared the end from the beginning, and you will make it to the other side.

Caleb Burchell

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