“To the Other Side”

In Mark 4, evidence is building that the Kingdom of God is at hand. The crowd of Jesus followers has grown and Jesus continues his lessons primary through parables. At the conclusion of his teaching along the shoreline the disciples gather into the boat with orders to go to the other side. Just moments into their journey across the lake, these experienced Galilean fishermen are panic-stricken when a storm overtakes their fishing vessel. Awakened by their panic cries for help, Jesus speaks to the winds and the waves and everything goes quiet. The silence in that moment was deafening. All of nature obeyed the voice of Jesus. Jesus has authority over creation.