Jesus in the Boat

Text: Mark 4:35-41

And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.  And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? -Mark 4:35-41

       I. Introduction

    II.      Other Little Ships

a.       Many left port, only one had Jesus in it.

Jacksonville has a diverse religious population. There are 265,158 Evangelical Protestants and 89,649 Mainline Protestants who attend a total of 794 churches. Several of these are megachurches, including First
Baptist Church downtown and Christ’s Church in the Mandarin area. There are 162,329 Roman Catholics who attend 51 Catholic churches within the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine.[3] The greater metropolitan area also has a Jewish population of 14,000 including two reform, three conservative, one orthodox synagogue and three Chabad locations,[citation needed] over 3,000 members of various Eastern Orthodox church jurisdictions in eight parishes or missions, and 18,050 of other religious affiliations. A small but growing population of Muslims is centered around the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida [5]. There is a Baha’i chapter. [6] There are also small but active New Age and Neopagan communities

                                                            ii.      As of 2000, there were 794 “churches” in over 63 denominations (including Quakers, Hindu & Seventh Day Advantest) with an enrollment of over 624,000 (approximately 56.8% of population)[1]  

b.      There are lots of ships without Jesus. Some may look good but without Him they come to naught.

                                                              i.      Ship of secular humanism

                                                            ii.       Ship of good works

1.      Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. –Matthew 7:22-23

                                                          iii.      Ship of religious beliefs.

c.       They all faced the same storm.

 III.      In the Storm

a.       Jesus Sleeps

                                                              i.      Jesus as a man had a full day of ministry work and afterwards was tired and slept in the back of the boat.

                                                            ii.      And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; -Mark 4:1

                                                          iii.      He taught this day about the sower, and sent them away (It was the same day that he had preached out of a ship, when the even was come, v. 35. When he had been labouring in the word and doctrine all day, instead of reposing himself, he exposeth himself, to teach us not to think of a constant remaining rest till we come to heaven[2])

                                                          iv.      They did not put to sea, till they had sent away the multitude, that is, had given to each of them that which they came for, and answered all their requests; for he sent none home complaining that they had attended him in vain. Or, They sent them away with a solemn blessing;[3]

b.      The disciples cry out to Jesus

                                                              i.      The storm was severe and the wind and waves were filling the boat. Many of those on the boat were experienced fishermen and they turned to Jesus. They feared for their lives, so they turn to Him.

                                                            ii.      Carest thou not? It is almost like they question Jesus for sleeping when there lives are in danger. Before we judge the disciples too harshly, haven’t we done worse? And for a lot less? (God, you know I have to go to work, where are my keys?…)

c.       Jesus Rebukes the Wind

                                                              i.      And the storm stops.

                                                            ii.      Our God is greater any of our problems.

                                                          iii.      Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. –1 Peter 5:7

                                                          iv.      The trouble is most of us try to cast like modern fishermen reeling the problem back in instead of leaving it there.

                                                            v.      Casting- fqjsjqu (1977), “to cast upon,” (a) lit., “of casting garments on a colt,” Luke 19:35; (b) figuratively, “of casting care upon God,” 1 Pet. 5:7.[4]

                                                          vi.      No Problem is too big or too small. A private in Napoleons army one time decided to ask for his family to be free and own his own land. They chided him and said he should not bother the emperor but he would not be deterred and the when asked , he said “You honor me with the magnitude of your request “ and it was granted.

                                                        vii.      God knows our needs and can meet them if we turn to Him: Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. Matthew 6:8 then Jesus goes on to give the model prayer.

 IV.      The Rebuke of the Disciples

a.       Fearful

                                                              i.      Fearful-deilos (1169), “cowardly” (see A, No. 2), “timid,” is used in Matt. 8:26; Mark 4:40; Rev. 21:8 (here “the fearful” are first in the list of the transgressors)[5]

                                                            ii.      Feared- 5399.  fobevw phoábeáoµ, fob-eh´-o; from 5401; to frighten, i.e. (pass.) to be alarmed; by anal. to be in awe of, i.e. revere:— be (+ sore) afraid, fear (exceedingly), reverence[6]

b.      Faithless

                                                              i.      After all you have seen, how can you still doubt?

1.      Peter’s mother-in-law healed, the paralytic through the roof was healed?

2.      After all Jesus has done for us in the past, can we still doubt now?

3.      Getting a ride but still insisting on carrying our own burden? (I remember reading about a story where a man gets a ride in a wagon and insists on standing and carrying his pack while he rides the wagon because he does not want to be too much of a burden!)Does this make sense? Is this what I do?

    V.      Conclusion / Application

a.       Is Jesus in the boat?

b.      Are we trusting Him in the boat?

[1] The ADRA

[2]Henry, Matthew, Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Bible, (
Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers) 1997.

[3]Henry, Matthew, Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Bible, (
Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers) 1997.

[4]W.E. Vine, Merrill F. Unger and William White, Vine’s complete expository dictionary of Old and New Testament words [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, c1996.

[5]W.E. Vine, Merrill F. Unger and William White, Vine’s complete expository dictionary of Old and New Testament words [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, c1996.

[6]James Strong, New Strong’s dictionary of Hebrew and Greek words [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System, (
Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, c1996.


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