The story of Jesus calming the storm is an iconic moment in the Bible. When a mighty tempest threatened to capsize their boat, the disciples were filled with fear and terror.
But then Jesus spoke a few simple words, and the winds and waves obeyed him. The sea grew calm, and the disciples were left in awe of his power.
So what did they say to him? Well, it turns out that there are a few different accounts of this story in the Bible, each with slightly different details. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
In Mark 4:35-41, we read that after Jesus calmed the storm, he turned to his disciples and said, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” This implies that they were panicking during the storm rather than trusting in Jesus’ ability to save them.
In Matthew 8:23-27, we get a slightly different version of events. After Jesus calms the storm, he asks his disciples, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” This suggests that they had some faith but not enough to keep them calm during the storm.
Luke 8:22-25 offers yet another perspective on this story. After calming the storm, Jesus asks his disciples, “Where is your faith?” This seems to be a similar question to what he asks in Mark’s account.
Regardless of which version you prefer or believe is more accurate, one thing is clear: The disciples were amazed by Jesus’ power over nature. In Matthew’s account specifically (8:27), it says that the men “were amazed and asked each other ‘What kind of man is this? Even the winds and waves obey him!'”
It’s easy for us as readers today to look back on this story and wonder how the disciples could have been so afraid when they had Jesus right there with them. But if we’re honest with ourselves, we can probably all relate to their fear and doubt. When the storms of life come our way, it’s often hard to trust that God is in control and will take care of us.
In conclusion, the disciples’ response to Jesus after he calmed the storm varies slightly depending on which account you read. However, the overarching message is clear: they were in awe of his power and questioned who he was. This story serves as a reminder that even in our moments of fear and doubt, we can trust that Jesus has power over all things.