What Jesus Did! 'Who Is This Man?' — Mark 4:40-41

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Jesus said to his followers, "Why are you afraid? You still have no faith?" The followers were very afraid and asked each other, "What kind of man is this? Even the wind and the water obey him!"
— Mark 4:40-41
Illustration of Mark 4:40-41 — Jesus said to his followers, "Why are you afraid? You still have no faith?" The followers were very afraid and asked each other, "What kind of man is this? Even the wind and the water obey him!"

Key Thought

"Who is this man?" Ah! That's the real question we need to be asking. He is more than a man, but is yet fully human. He is pre-existent and created all things, yet was hung on a tree that he made and killed by people whom he created in the wombs of their mothers. He has all power, yet withholds it to go to the Cross to bear the weight of our sins. Who is this man? Who do you say that this man is?

Today's Prayer

Holy and Almighty King, thank you for Jesus. I know that I will never in this life fully comprehend who he is; yet for me, dear Father, he is everything. In his name, Jesus of Nazareth the Christ my Lord, I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

That day, at evening, Jesus said to his followers, "Come with me across the lake." Jesus and the followers left the people there. They went in the same boat that Jesus was already sitting in. There were also other boats with them. A very bad wind came on the lake. The waves were coming over the sides and into the boat. The boat was almost full of water. Jesus was inside the boat, sleeping with his head on a pillow. The followers went to him and woke him. They said, "Teacher, do you care about us? We will drown!" Jesus stood up and commanded the wind and the waves to stop. Jesus said, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind stopped and the lake became calm. Jesus said to his followers, "Why are you afraid? You still have no faith?" The followers were very afraid and asked each other, "What kind of man is this? Even the wind and the water obey him!"

Mark 4:35-41

Related Scripture Readings

Before the world began, the Word was there. The Word was there with God. The Word was God. He was there with God in the beginning. All things were made through him (the Word). Nothing was made without him. In him there was life. That life was light (understanding, goodness) for the people of the world. The Light shines in the darkness. The darkness has not defeated the Light.

John 1:1-5

This is what the Scripture says: "God's teaching is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart." That teaching is the teaching of faith that we tell people. If you openly say, "Jesus is Lord," and if you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from death, then you will be saved. Yes, we believe with our heart, and so we are made right with God. And we use our mouth to say that we believe, and so we are saved. Yes, the Scripture says, "Any person that trusts in him (Christ) will never be disappointed." That Scripture says "any person" because there is no difference between Jew and non-Jew. The same Lord is the Lord of all people. The Lord gives many blessings to all people that trust in him. Yes, {the Scripture says,} "Every person that trusts in the Lord will be saved."

Romans 10:8-13

In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus. Christ himself was like God in everything. Christ was equal with God. But Christ did not think that being equal with God was something that he must keep. He gave up his place with God and agreed to be like a servant. He was born to be a man and became like a servant. And when he was living as a man, he humbled himself by being fully obedient to God. He obeyed even when that caused him to die. And he died on a cross. Christ obeyed God, so God raised Christ to the most important place. God made the name of Christ greater than every other name. God did this because he wants every person to bow for the name of Jesus. Every person in heaven, on the earth, and under the earth will bow. Every person will confess (say), "Jesus Christ is Lord (Master)." When they say this, it will bring glory to God the Father.

Philippians 2:5-11

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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