The symbolism behind the story of Jesus calming the storm should bring great encouragement and hope for anyone facing a storm in life. After preaching to large crowds near the Sea of Galilee, Jesus and his apostles took a boat to the opposite shore to find some time and solitude to rest. As they crossed the sea, a storm with winds so great that the apostles thought they would die. Jesus was below deck sleeping throughout the storm and the apostles rushed to wake him and ask why he didn't care. Jesus woke and told the storm to be still and the winds stopped immediately. The apostles were shocked and still lacked faith that Jesus was the Son of God who "Even the winds and water obey."

Jesus Calms a Storm

And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, "Save us, Lord; we are perishing." And he said to them, "Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?" Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, "What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?" (Matthew 8:23-27)

Meaning of Jesus Calming the Storm

The Lord's mastery over creation is another sign that He is the Messiah and is divine. Commands to the sea and waves can only be issued by God (Job 38:8-11, Psalm 65:5-6). Jesus was asleep because as man, He needed rest. In His incarnation, He assumed all the natural actions of the flesh, of which sleep is one. The image of Christ and His disciples in a boat is traditionally used to illustrate the Church. God both permits storms and delivers us through them so that we can see His protection more clearly. Christ's rebuke of the storm is also an illustration of His calming the tempests in the human soul.

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