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Why Are You So Afraid? Mark 4:35-41

Turn to Mark 4:35-41

Little Background first

Right before here Jesus was on a boat and he was teaching from that boat... 

When he was done, he said let's leave and go to the other side

As they do, the boat he was using as his pulpit, turned into his sermon illustration.


35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.


I haven’t been in a boat that I thought was about to go down, but I’ve been in a plane.

Used to travel a lot with my old job, but tough guys would turn into babies when our plane would hit turbulence. Would make someone who wasn’t a believer instantly want to talk to God.

We thought the plane was going down, the disciples thought the boat was going down.


38 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?”

39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”


Sea of Galilee

It is 680 ft below sea level & it's surrounded by mountains, so that can help us to understand how you can go from sunshine to rain in about 5 seconds flat

seems like i've seen that before too somewhere... lol, just like it does here in FL


It's a good illustration of how things can be in our own lives

Sometimes, everything in life can be going along so well, no big issues, everyone's health is good, we're looking forward to summer vacation then out of nowhere, here comes one of those storms that seem to blow out of nowhere.


Let's look at 2 things to remember when you are in the middle of a storm.


You're In The Storm...With His Presence.

vs 37-38- there was a storm...Jesus was in the stern.... he was in the boat..


a lot of people have this idea. I'm with Jesus, there should be no storm. Not true

As a matter of fact, Jesus said in this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world

He never promises we'd be storm free


When we go from darkness to light, we step into the middle of a spiritual battle

Christianity is not a playground... it is a battleground.


God didn't promise that because Jesus was in the boat with us that the storm would never rock us.

But he did promise that the storm would never sink you!


Don't let the Presence of a storm make you doubt the presence of God.

Personalize scripture…


Psalm 46:1.. God is MY refuge and My Strength, my ever-present help 

Psalm 23- Even though i walk through the valley... walking through, not staying

Hebrews 13:5b-6…. He will never leave ME... The Lord is my helper, what can man do

The storm may rock you, but it will not sink you.


You're In The Storm...For His Purpose.

Jesus said let's go to the other side... SO who's idea was it? Jesus’... he knew there was going to be a storm

Disciples in Gods will, still hit the storm


I don't know how to say this sometimes, nor do i think anyone knows for sure, when people say God caused the storm we're going through, or if He allowed the storm we're going through.... 

But I do know 1 thing... God uses the storm…


James, Jesus' brother, said this in Chapter 1:2-4

Consider it pure joy when you face various trials..

Rejoice in your storm.... What? Why?

The testing of your faith produces perseverance...let perseverance finish its work that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything

Think about at school, why does the teacher test you? To Pass and Promote you

Pass the test and move to the next level..


Remember storms can be tests administered to promote us.

Like the disciples, during the storm they called Jesus what?

Teacher, Teacher..... What did they call him later... LORD!


The started with a fear of the storm... ended with them having a holy fear of the lord...”who is this, that the wind and waves obey him.’

They grew, thanks to the storm


Maybe you're in the storm today... Let me just ask what Jesus asked.

Why are you so afraid?


You're in the storm with the presence of God, He is with you,, for you, and will work it all out for good. For those that believe


Our faith isn't in the boat, your soul is anchored in The Lord. 

He's on my boat, He's in my house, He's here to help us.


Why are we so afraid.. Let's trust him