Mark, like the other gospel writers – Matthew, Luke, and John – has a goal to make it clear, unmistakably clear, that Jesus is none other than God. He is the God-man, being fully human and fully God. That truth will be demonstrated in Mark 4:35-41 when Jesus calms a sudden and furious storm on the Sea of Galilee.
In this memorable passage, we see a powerful example of Jesus’ humanity, and we will also see a staggering demonstration of His deity. Mark gives us a magnificent portrait of the glory of Christ.
May God help us to rely on the One who can calm the fiercest wind, waves, and storms. He is a very present help to all who trust him.
A Great ____________________ (Mark 4:35-38)
A Great _____________________ (Mark 4:39-40)
A Great _____________________ (Mark 4:41)
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Main Idea: Jesus is God in the flesh, a present help to all who trust him.
If you were to interview people at work or school, in your neighborhood or downtown, asking them the question, ‘Who is Jesus?’, what kind of answers do you expect to hear?
If Jesus were to ask you, ‘who do you say that I am?’, what would your response be?
Read Mark 4:35-41. When their boat is suddenly overcome by a great storm and they find themselves at risk of drowning, what is Jesus doing? Why do you think Jesus does this? How do his disciples react to it? What does their reaction reveal about their hearts according to Jesus response in v. 40?
Read Nahum 1:3-4, Psalm 65:5-8, and Psalm 107:29-30. According to those passages, what is the significance of Jesus commanding the storm to stop? What does that reveal about his identity, and how does that explain why they disciples responded the way they did in v. 41?
Read Mark 5:1-20. How does the question of Jesus’ identity come up in this story? Who do the characters recognize him to be, and what responses do we see to those realizations? What seems to drive those responses (i.e., what exactly are they afraid of, or believing in?)
Read Mark 5:21-43. How does the question of Jesus’ identity come up in this story? Again, who do the characters recognize him to be, and how does Jesus draw out their faith in place of fear?
When you think of encountering the living God, do you find yourself filled with fear or with faith? What is it about Jesus’ life and work that makes encountering the holy God both possible and desirable, rather than dreadful or threatening?
Are there any areas of life where, if you’re honest, you feel like the Lord is asleep? How does the recognition that Jesus is God in the flesh give perspective to that feeling or frustration? Are there other verses that come to mind that help reinforce his presence or purposefulness amid your trial?
Is there a specific area in your life right now that God is asking you to trust him to do what only he can do?
ASSIGNMENT: With your group, memorize Mark 4:41, and reflect together on what it means that the Creator and Judge is also our Savior and Friend.
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