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#98 Peace

Jesus has spent the day by the lake telling stories to a huge crowd. Day after day he has taught and healed, meeting their needs, answering their questions. The crowd pressed him until he barely had time to eat.

Today he told parables illustrating his work and the growth of his kingdom: the sower, the mustard seed, yeast in bread dough. He illustrated the value of knowing Him with the pearl of great price and the treasure in the field.

He even explained the natural consequences of rejecting goodness in the parables of the wheat and tares, and the fishing net.

Now he is tired. He loves teaching, but the antagonism and constant criticism of the Pharisees makes his work much harder, and by evening he is exhausted.

“Let’s cross the lake to rest.” He says to his disciples. He dismisses the multitude and the disciples quickly launch their boat. Even then other boats follow.

Hungry, tired, and finally relieved of the pressure of the crowds, Jesus lays down on a pile of fishing nets in the stern and falls into a deep sleep. The evening is calm and peaceful, for awhile all is quiet.

Suddenly wind blows down from the mountains off the eastern shore, and the sky grows black. The little boats flounder amid high, powerful waves. The disciples struggle with the storm trying to keep their boat from sinking. Not until they despair of their own ability and ask, can he give help.

Jesus sleeps peacefully in the stern.

Mark 4:1-37,  Matthew 8:23-24,   Luke 8:22-23

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