JESUS CALMS THE STORM
35On that day, when evening had come, he said to them,
“Let us go across to the other side.”
36And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion.
And they woke him and said to him,
“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
39And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea,
“Peace! Be still!”
And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
40He said to them,
“Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”
41And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
The Apostles had seen Jesus heal many sick people, even from many considered incurable sicknesses; but even then, magicians were reputed to do this, and many people of God had done things similar (1Kings 13:4; 2Kings 4:2-7; 2Chronicles 26:16-21). Regardless, in Jesus’s times, this confirmed it as a ‘Man of God’, as an anointed prophet of Lord YHWH, but nothing more special than that. For sure, not necessarily the Messiah promised yet.
All these miracles, were not as spectacular as the miracles that Moses did, intervening with nature, when he parted the Red sea, and sent the 10 plagues over Egypt, by the power of God. The private nature of the personal miracles that Jesus did, confirmed his status as a Prophet of God, but they did not have the measure of Moses’ miracles, which were open and of manifested glory for anyone to see in nature itself.
However, this time, Jesus proved something bigger than Moses, the holiest of the prophets, today honored in all Abrahamic religions. He altered nature for his own benefit, and without a previous prayer and invocation of God’s Holy Name. He woke up from a deep sleep, and immediately ordered, in his own Name, the wind and sea to stop their tantrum, and at once, they obeyed.
That day, Jesus proved his divinity to his disciples, not because he stopped the elements, which any man of God could do, if that was God’s will and previous prayer; but because He did it immediately and under his own Name.
That is the reason why his twelve apostles, said:
“WHO IS THIS MAN, THAT EVEN THE UNIVERSE OBEY HIM?”