As Jesus and his disciples crossed the sea, they encountered several challenges and miracles that left an indelible mark on their journey. Let’s take a closer look at what happened during this eventful voyage.
The Storm on the Sea
As they sailed across the Sea of Galilee, a fierce storm arose. The winds were so strong that waves crashed over the boat, threatening to capsize it. The disciples panicked and woke Jesus up, pleading with him to save them.
Jesus rebuked the winds and the waves, saying “Peace! Be still!”
And miraculously, the storm subsided, leaving the sea calm once again. The disciples were amazed at this display of power and wondered who Jesus really was.
The Demonic Possession of a Man
As they continued their journey, they arrived at the other side of the sea in the region of Gerasenes. There they encountered a man possessed by demons who lived in tombs and could not be restrained by chains.
Jesus commanded the demons to leave the man’s body and into a herd of pigs nearby. The pigs then ran into the sea and drowned. The man was healed from his possession and became a witness to Jesus’ power.
The Healing of Jairus’ Daughter
Later on, a synagogue leader named Jairus came to Jesus seeking help for his dying daughter. As they made their way to Jairus’ house, a large crowd followed them. Suddenly, someone touched Jesus’ cloak from behind.
Jesus turned around and saw a woman who had been suffering from bleeding for twelve years. She had faith that touching his cloak would heal her, and indeed it did. Jesus commended her faith before continuing on with Jairus to his house.
When they arrived there, mourners were already weeping and wailing, as the girl had died. But Jesus assured Jairus that she was only asleep, and he went into her room with just a few of his disciples.
Jesus took the girl by the hand and said “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, I say to you, arise!” And to everyone’s amazement, she sat up and began to speak. Jesus instructed them to give her something to eat.
The journey across the sea was full of trials and miracles that demonstrated Jesus’ power and authority over nature, demons, sickness, and death. The disciples witnessed these events firsthand and grew in their understanding of who Jesus really was. Today, we can learn from their experiences and trust in Jesus’ ability to calm our storms, heal our afflictions, and bring life out of death.