“Do you not care that we are perishing?”

After a long day of teaching the multitudes, Jesus wanted to get away (Mk 4:35-41).  He and some disciples get into a boat and Jesus is fast asleep in no time.  So exhausted is He that even a violent storm doesn’t wake Him.  But His disciples, fearful for their lives, make sure to rouse Him.  Jesus calms the storm and then excoriates them.  Meanwhile, they are amazed at Jesus’ power.  We too should be amazed at Jesus’ power.  His power to heal, to forgive, to give grace.  If we give in to this power completely, and turn our lives over to Him, we will have no fear of perishing in the way that really matters — for eternity.  Jesus certainly cared about His disciples just as much as He does us.  But how does He answer the question above?  He answers with a question: “Do you not yet have faith?” (v. 40)  Jesus wants to be sure His followers are truly saved.  It is faith, working through love, that saves us. (cf. Gal 5:6)

 

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