The interesting difference is that each gospel has a different version of what the disciples said to Jesus when they went to wake him up.
As I studied this, I saw that comparing the three ways they woke Jesus up gives us a good idea of how people of faith can react differently in a storm. It is quite possible that as all the disciples descended on Jesus taking a nap they were saying different things based on where they were in their faith.
One group was mad at the Lord as described in Mark 4:38. “Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” Sometimes we may feel that God doesn’t care about our suffering. We can get angry with Him, and blame Him for allowing a storm to occur in our lives. Our anger can be a barrier in our faith.
Another group was afraid and had become hopeless as described in Luke 8:24. “The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” Sometimes our fear and pain are so great that we may cry out to God with no expectation that he can help us because we have already given up in our hearts. Our hopelessness can be a stumbling block in our faith.
The third group believed that Jesus could work a miracle as described in Matthew 8:25. “The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” These disciples were just as afraid as the others but instead of being angry or hopeless, they asked Jesus to help them.
In all three gospels, Jesus wakes up, calms the storm, and rebukes them for their lake of faith. However, it may be that Jesus was only speaking to the ones who had become angry or hopeless. The ones who said “Lord save us!” had great faith. He delivered them all from the storm, but the ones who believed he could save them were spared from anger and hopelessness. So it is with us. We have a choice in the storm to become angry, hopeless, or have faith in Him.
Rev. Walker is the pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church www.emanuelreformedchurch.com.
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