"Meanderings in Mark"
Series on Mark, Lesson 26

The One Who Calms Life's Storms

Read: Mark 6:45-56

Text: (Mark 6:51 KJV) And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.

Theme: The presence of Jesus ends the storms of life.


ILLUS. John Newton's life was one storm after another, until Jesus entered it. Then he could say, "Through many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come. 'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home."

For the lost person, life is one continuous storm of uncertainty and fear, ending with the approaching storm of eternal judgement and punishment.

The presence of Jesus ends the storms of life.

For the saved person, there are times when storms still come.

The presence of Jesus ends the storms of life.

The disciples were embroiled in a storm. When Jesus got in the boat, the storm stopped.

Notice 4 things we learn from our text:

  1. Storms come into our life when we are separated from Jesus.
  2. Storms in our life do not escape the Savior's eye.
  3. Storms in our life end when Jesus comes to us.
  4. Storms in our life end when we recognize who Jesus is.

I. Storms come into our life when we are separated from Jesus. (Vs. 47)

(NOTE - There are two additional miracles that took place on this night. Mark did not choose to relay them, but Matthew and John did. Matthew relates the fact that Peter walked on the water during this evening. John relates the fact that once Jesus got into the boat, it was IMMEDIATELY at its destination.)

QUESTION - Why were they separated from Jesus here?

QUESTION - Why had Jesus sent them away? (Vs. 45)

ANSWER - cf. John 6:15. Perhaps Jesus knew the disciples were not ready for such a test. They were still confused about His role, and still looking for a national savior.

QUESTION - What was Jesus doing during this time of separation? How does it apply to you?

A. Started in Eden

1. Fellowship was unbroken before sin.

(Gen 3:8 KJV) And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

2. Fellowship was severed by sin.

(Gen 3:24 KJV) So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

B. Continues in every lost person

1. In this life

(Isa 59:2 KJV) But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

2. Throughout eternity

(Luke 16:26 KJV) And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

C. Sometimes takes place even with the saved

NOTE - Ironside points out that there is a dispensational truth here. Christ is not physically with us right now, having ascended into heaven. We (the church) struggle through the storms of the church age, vexed with the difficulties and "winds" of life, which seem often to blow against us. Christ is busy making intercession for us, His eye always on us. He will come to us, when the hour is late, and then there will be peace forevermore.

QUESTION - How can a Christian become "separated" from God?

1. Not separation as in LOST.

QUESTION - Is it possible for a person to become lost again once they have been saved?


(John 10:28-29 KJV) And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

(John 5:24 KJV) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

2. Separation as in BROKEN FELLOWSHIP.

(Psa 51:12 KJV) Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

II. Storms in our life do not escape the Savior's eye. (Vs. 48)

QUESTION - Was the situation ever out of Jesus' control? Why do you think so?

QUESTION - There was another time when Jesus used a storm to work in His disciples' lives. (READ Mark 4:35-41) What is different in the two accounts? What do we learn from this difference?

QUOTE - "Each new experience of testing demands of us more faith and courage. In that first storm experience, the disciples had Jesus in the boat with them; but this time, He was on the mountain praying for them. He was teaching them to live by faith." Warren Weirsbe

A. He sees all.

(2 Chr 16:9 KJV) For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.

ILLUS. The Emmaus disciples did not see the whole picture. (But Jesus did!)

(Prov 3:5 KJV) Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

B. He sees our needs.

READ Matthew 6:25-33

C. He sees our storms, too.

NOTE - "toiling" = Greek BASANIZO. Usually translated "torment" and refers to physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual distress. Strong translates it as "pain, toil, torment, toss, vex."

EXAMPLES of BASANIZO referring to physical torment:

(Mark 5:7 KJV) And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.

(Rev 20:10 KJV) And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

EXAMPLES of BASANIZO referring to spiritual, emotional, or mental torment:

(2 Pet 2:8 KJV) (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

(Rev 11:10 KJV) And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

The point is that Jesus saw more than just their physical problems with the wind. He saw their fears, He saw their anguish, He saw their weakness, He saw everything.

(Heb 10:12-13 KJV) But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.

(Acts 7:55 KJV) But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,

III. Storms in our life END when Jesus comes to us. (Vs. 51)

A. He came to them on the sea. (Vs. 48)

QUESTION - Why did He act as if He would pass on by?

ANSWER - Because He wanted them to recognize Him, trust Him, and invite Him in.

B. He came to them in the boat. (Vs. 51)

C. He came to us in Bethlehem.

(Luke 2:4, 6-7 KJV) And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

(Gal 4:4 KJV) But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

D. He comes to the lost and saves them.

(Mat 1:21 KJV) And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

(1 Tim 1:15 KJV) This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

E. He comes to the backslider and restores them.

ILLUS. Elijah, discouraged, depressed, suicidal, backslidden.

IV. Storms in our life END when we recognize who Jesus is. (Vs. 52)

QUESTION - What does verse 52 mean?

ANSWER - (RYRIE - "considered not" = did not understand. "their heart was hardened" i.e. they were spiritually insensitive to the truth concerning the deity of Christ which His miracles were continually demonstrating.) (NASB translates this verse "for they had not gained any insight from the incident of the loaves, but their heart was hardened.")

A. They had not understood after the feeding of the 5000.

NOTE - "considered" is aorist - literally "had not considered."

NOW, they did seem to understand!

(Mat 14:33 KJV) Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

B. Jesus ends the storm of separation from God when we recognize who He is.

ILLUS. Jesus' story of the prodigal son.

ILLUS. The maniac of Gadara

ILLUS. Mary Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils.

ILLUS. Zaccheus, once dishonest and unscrupulous, but marvelously changed.

ILLUS. John Newton! From slave trader to redeemed slave.

His favorite verse became (Deu 15:15 KJV) And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing to day.

He wrote the wonderful words to Amazing Grace!

QUOTE - "I remember two things: that I am a great sinner and that Christ is a great Savior." JOHN NEWTON (1725–1807)


(Mark 6:51 KJV) And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.

The presence of Jesus ends the storms of life.


Are you in a storm, my friend? Jesus is the answer.

What would have happened if the disciples had not let Him in the boat, though? What if they had persisted in being afraid, and despite His urgings they had not allowed Him to enter?

Many do that today.

Many a lost person when conviction comes… they do not let Jesus in.

Many a saved person convicted of sin… they ignore their Savior's pleadings.

Are there storms in your life? Jesus it he answer… BUT…

You have to let Him into your life!

You have to let Him into the boat!

Will you?


If there's a tempest your voice cannot still,
Let Jesus come into your heart;
If there's a void this world never can fill,
Let Jesus come into your heart.

(Mark 6:51 KJV) And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.

The presence of Jesus ends the storms of life.

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