Mark 4:35-41 "On that day, when evening had come, he said to them..."


Mark 4:35-41 "On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, 'Let us go across to the other side.' And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushions, and they woke him and said to him, 'Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?' he woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea 'Peace! Be still!' Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, 'Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?' And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, 'Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?'“


 I lead an informal Bible Study once a month for Unity Church of Las Vegas; we use the Scripture that will be used on the following day, that Sunday after we meet on Saturday. Most people attending have not even used a Bible before … so studying the literal Scripture is valuable and then applying to our lives, hence the metaphysical.


COMMENTARY: We are, according to Mark, still in the early days of Jesus' earthly ministry. His reputation is beginning to grow, but even his closest disciples are still not clear about the Christ Power he is teaching and demonstrating. He has demonstrated through his healings that this Power has mastery over negative energies in our physical forms. In calming the storm he is showing that the Christ – the Power of God that is the true nature of every person – is not limited in any way. It is the true creative Power of God, and it can re-create anything in this human experience. Jesus makes a creative choice – "Peace! Be still!" – and that choice becomes manifest in the world.

That same Christ Power lives in us, as well. It doesn't take charge of our lives. It lies peacefully asleep until it is needed, unaffected by the storms of life through which we find ourselves moving. It's always available but – like the disciples – we tend to try everything else first, to work ourselves into a state of high drama, before we think to call upon the Christ. When our faith in the Christ is greater than our fear of outer storms and dramas, we will call upon the Christ within more immediately, without the need for storms to remind us. Until then, it's good to know that the Christ is within, waiting to be called upon, to calm every storm.

Rev. Ed