And the same day, when the even was come, he said to them, Let us pass over to the other side.…
I. IN THE STORM WHILE PROSECUTING THE SAVIOUR'S COMMAND — teaching.
1. Implicit obedience does not exempt from trials. Joseph, David, Daniel, St. Paul, etc.
2. Trials are not always punitive, but always disciplinary. This trial was a test both in respect to faith and works.
(a) Will they believe that they will be saved?
(b) Will they go on in their line of duty?
II. IN THE STORY WHILE JESUS WAS WITH THEM.
1. Jesus was exposed to the same fury of the tempest, and to the same upheavals of the angry waves.
(a) Was there ever a storm in which Jesus was absent from His disciples?
2. Though with His disciples, He was fast asleep.
(a) A symbol of what frequently occurs. Let every disciple remember that a sleeping Christ is not a dead Christ.
(b) Though asleep, He has not forgotten His disciples.
III. IN THE STORM WHILE JESUS WAS WITH THEM AND YET THEY HAD TO CRY TO HIM FOR DELIVERANCE.
1. Prayer is the disciples' privilege and duty at all times, especially in times of trial and peril.
2. The prayer that arises from a believing heart can never go unanswered.
IV. IS THE STORM DELIVERED FROM THE STORM IN ANSWER TO PRAYER.
1. Christ's Divine power was not affected by physical fatigue.
2. Jesus, touched by the cry of His disciples, wields a power before which nothing can stand.
V. DELIVERANCE FROM THE STORM A GRAND MORAL POWER.
1. It exercised a moral power, awakening deeper reverence for Christ as Messiah.
2. Awakening greater awe for Christ as the Son of God.
(D. G. Hughes, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.