47 When evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the sea. He intended to pass them by. 49But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; 50for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’ 51Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.
This is a remarkable little story in the Gospel of Mark. Layered deep within the text are a few profound spiritual truths.
First, this story echoes back to the beginning of Genesis when all that exists is chaos and water. God orders the waters to separate and shows his authority even over the chaos and wind. In a sense, this passage is trying to tell us that Jesus is that same God.
Second, Jesus says, “Take heart it is I.” This is very similar to what God says to Moses at the burning bush. Moses asks God, “what is your name?” God responds, “I am who I am,” or, “I.” Again, the Gospel of Mark is trying to make us see the parallels between the ancient stories of God in the Old Testament and how Jesus now embodies those stories.
Look around at your world. Where is Jesus separating the chaos and creating order? Is it in your health? Where is Jesus speaking authority in your life?
The Rev. Jimmy Abbott