Mark Has Some Good News, Part 18, Faith That Looks Like Death

Mark 4:

Jesus Calms a Storm

35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, "Let us go across to the other side." 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But 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?" 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, "Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?" 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"


Sometimes faith looks like death. A person who has never seen a roller coaster would think the same way were they strapped in and not told what would happen next. We hit life's potholes the same way some times, jarring us into a sense of ultimate danger.

With our bearings lost we assume the worst not knowing we have a driver beside us. When you wake up from a slight slide in a moving vehicle your body tells you "you’re in danger". Your driver could be a novice or a pro, it would make no difference. Your body's reaction is death.

The truth is, we're living as if we're made to die and it wasn't always so. There was a time when death was just a word and God was with us. A time where we were made to live. So Jesus was rightfully frustrated with the disciples (as if he could be wrong at anything), because they weren't living in the truth.

The truth on that boat is that with Jesus it's going to be a wild ride. It will look like death like most white water rafting trips do. If any of us were alone in a raft we would have reason to assume death. But we're not alone. The wild ride with Jesus is good. It's not safe but it is good. It will look like death but I'm sure that's the point. Only Jesus has beaten death so when we tango with stress and burnout all in the name of Christ, we see what Christ has already dealt with.

Sometimes we need to sit back and hang on. Because our little faith can't compete without a big savior.

Some times our little faith will see death, but our Big Savior will see life.