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  • 1.Mark 4:35-41

2. Whats in Liquid Trust? The natural hormone ocxytocin. The hormone plays a significant role in childbirth, breastfeeding, & romantic love. It appears that trusting people involves chemistry & biology. But, would you trust a company selling trust for $50 a bottle? 3. In tonights text, the disciples fail to trust Jesus. 4. vv 35-37 5. On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, Let us go across to the other side. And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling (vv 35-37,ESV). 6. While they were crossing the sea, a terrible storm arose & the boat nearly sank. Great windstorm refers to a furious storm, a hurricane, a squall. Sudden & terrible storms on the Sea of Galilee are well-known & well- recorded from history. Waves nearly swamp the boat. The waves are certainly much taller than the boat. These experienced fishermen know they are doomed. 7. In the middle of all this, what is Jesus doing? Hes in the stern taking a nap on a cushion. Hes taught all day & hes tired. The fact that he is sleeping likely suggests that Jesus had no trust issues of his own. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety (Ps 4:8, ESV). If we had been on that boat, would we have trusted a sleeping Jesus? 8. vv 38-41 9. 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? 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. He said to them, Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith? 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? (vv 38-41, ESV). 10. The disciples wake Jesus & say, Teacher, dont you care if we drown? Imagine being in their shoes! They had seen Jesus perform miracle after miracle, but when they need him, hes sleeping!! Jesus stood up, rebuked the storm, & the winds died. The Greek rebuke refers to a strong rebuke. The winds & the waves immediately stop. 11. Jesus then asks a tough question: Why were you so afraid? The disciples had every reason to trust Jesus & not doubt. Peter, Andrew, James, and John were with Jesus when he drove out an evil spirit in the synagogue at Capernaum (Mk 1:21-28). Those four were with Jesus when he healed Simon's mother-in-law (Mk 1:29-31). Those four were with him when he healed many (Mk. 1:32-34). Those four were with Jesus when he healed a man with leprosy (Mk. 1:40-45). Those four were with Jesus when he healed a paralytic (Mk. 2:1-12). They had seen Jesus do so much, yet they doubted. 12. We have so many reasons to trust Jesus. Others before us were able to trust him. He is trustworthy. I am the way, and the truth, and the life (Jn 14:6, ESV). We can, therefore, believe every word he has spoken. He died for us. Are we willing to trust Jesus? 13. What about you?