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Week 1 | Who is Jesus?

Jesus & His Disciples in the Boat

by Janet Nygren


As we finish up this first week, we skip ahead in Luke a bit to one more scene that reveals something about who Jesus is. So far, we have seen Jesus demonstrate power to cast out evil spirits, heal sickness, forgive sins, read people’s minds and hearts, and invite the most unlikely sinner to be part of his company. Jesus is no ordinary man or teacher! And yet he wants to draw us close to him, not stand back in awe or fear. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide your thoughts again today as we look at one more aspect of who Jesus is.

Read: Luke 8:22-24

22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.

24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.
 25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.

In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

Be Curious

  • Keeping in mind that some of Jesus’ disciples were experienced fishermen on this lake, what is surprising about their reaction to the storm?
  • What would you say the disciples put their faith in?
  • If Jesus can command even the winds and the water, why do you suppose he doesn’t use his power all the time to control his environment?


  •  When you are feeling helpless or desperate, where do you tend to turn?
  • Can you think of a time that Jesus helped you in a surprising way, through a situation where you were powerless?


  • Are you currently in a situation that feels out of your control? Why not tell Jesus right now how you are “drowning”?


  • Can you share a story about how Jesus came to your rescue?
  • If you are currently in a storm-like situation, would you like to share with others in the group so they can pray for you?


Lisa Irving - March 3rd, 2023 at 4:19am

One time Jesus came to my rescue was when I was struggling with crippling anxiety. I would pray each day and one day peace of mind came about and I know it had to be from God. It was a peace that only he could provide. I still struggle with anxiety at times but I am learning to fully put my trust in Jesus and know that God’s plans are better than mine and when I trust in him there is nothing to worry over.

Nick Tebordo - March 3rd, 2023 at 4:37am

The disciples are obeying Jesus. He said, “Let’s get into the boat and go to the other side” . Many times we think if we obey Jesus, things will be easier. But even when we obey, things can be difficult. In those situations, Jesus never fails. I know that Jesus sometimes calms the storm-or sometimes He calms us in the middle of the storm. We need to remember to turn to Him instead of trusting in our own abilities. I believe it is Michael W Smith who wrote, “It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by You!” Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus is always ready to help. I seem to always have many situations in my family and in the Church which can seem “out of control”, leaving me in a constant “fix it” mode. I need to take a deep breath and trust each situation to the Lord rather than rushing from one situation to another, trusting Jesus to lead me. It was Peter who said, “God’s power gives us everything we need to lead a godly life”. We are not in the boat alone, Jesus is with us!!!!!

Tom Nygren - March 3rd, 2023 at 6:11am

I can think of several times when Jesus rescued me in the midst of storms. One was the pandemic story I shared in church a few weeks ago, when I was sliding into depression after losing my job and Jesus calmed the storm by providing an unexpected opportunity to serve. Another was several years ago when I hit a major crisis in my job. That time Jesus provided a way out that eventually led to a new career direction--that's when I became a teacher. And there are countless smaller examples. I am struck by Jesus' response after they woke him up. He seems to gently rebuke them: "Where is your faith?" I'm curious how he was expecting them to respond. It seems natural to be afraid in that situation. Was it because they thought the situation was out of control and they were going to die?

Melody - March 3rd, 2023 at 8:48am

I'm not thinking of any particular storm in my life, because it was basically one big monsoon until I was about thirty, even though I was raised in the church.

But I do have sailing experience -- my second husband had a boat on the St Lawrence, right at the mouth of Lake Ontario, and we would spend vacations and weekends there. Sometimes we would go out for several days at a time, just drop anchor out of the shipping lanes and sleep below at night.

We were always hyper aware of the weather--looking to the sky for signs of storms--and would stay docked if things looked too rough to be out.

So I am wondering why these guys were out there in the first place? Were they too distracted to take proper precautions, or were they so focused on Jesus that they didn't think of their own safety?

I like what Nick said about their obedience. If that was the reason for them going against common sense, then it's a good example for me, too.

David Edelstein - March 3rd, 2023 at 4:36pm

Jesus was leading his disciples on a journey to the other side of the lake presumably to spread His teaching there. "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; ..."




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