In the part of Luke we are currently in, Jesus is staking his claim as to what authentic faith and discipleship look like. In our passage today, Jesus is leading his disciples across the lake and then falls asleep. This not only shows his humanity, but provides an opportunity to reveal the hearts of his disciples. It shows a deeper principle: trials reveal our hearts. What does the way you respond to trials reveal about your trust in God?
In verse 24, we see the disciples come to Jesus frantically, claiming that they were “perishing !” If you put yourself in the position of the disciples, you can probably have empathy for them. But it’s important to see what this taught the disciples. It showed that Jesus has authority over all things, including creation. We have already seen that Jesus has authority to heal, but this took it to a deeper level.
But more than just teaching them something, the two purposes of this are to reveal the lack of faith of the disciples and the power and authority of Jesus. This rebuked them but also amazed them. In a lot of ways, that is what the Gospel does: it simultaneously exposes our desperate need for Christ while showcasing the power and love and grace of God.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice