Who Then is This?

The disciples of Jesus had planned a night crossing of the Sea of Galilee. But that night the wind rose suddenly, shredding sails and cracking spars, and the waves pounded the hull and washed over the deck. They knew they were in trouble, big trouble.

Jesus ... “rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ Then the wind ceased, and there was dead calm” (Mark 4:39). 1 would imagine that the quiet outside the boat was nothing compared with the quiet inside the boat. Mark reports that the disciples were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this?”

Who then is this? It is fundamental in the sense that, if we get the answer to this question wrong, nothing else will matter very much. But if we get the question right, we’ll very likely get a lot of other things right as well.

But this question can only be asked properly in the way the disciples asked it: in the company of Jesus. They had already started to follow him, obey him. They were living in his presence. Who is this One, they wondered, who has called us and turned our lives upside down and filled us with awe?

The order of things is important. We don’t first get answers to all our questions, and then decide to join the company of Jesus’ followers. Instead, we begin by trusting Jesus enough to start down the road of discipleship. Then we try to understand who has taken us by the hand and what has happened to us.

-Donald W, McCullough, from Chimes

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