Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 20-JUN-2021 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Pentecost 4 – After a day of using parables to teach people on the Jewish side of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus told his disciples that he'd like to go over to the other side of the lake; so in the evening they set out in their boat for the opposite shore, accompanied by a few other boats. By going across, they were going to be crossing an ethnic and cultural boundary between the Jewish and the non-Jewish. Part of the way across they encountered a fierce windstorm that threatened to sink them; and through it all, with the disciples in fear of their lives, Jesus was having a snooze in the boat's stern. When they woke him up to ask whether he cared that they were all going to drown, he ordered the storm to calm down and it did so immediately. Throughout the Old Testament, God is often portrayed as the God who has ultimate control over all things, and in stopping the storm, Jesus was demonstrating that he had the power of God. Who indeed was this, that even the sea and the wind obeyed him? In this short passage, Mark is telling his readers that the same Jesus will be there to help them in their particular storms of life, beyond the boundaries of their comfort, safety and arrogance. There is a need for the church to cross boundaries, that all may experience the liberating power of the gospel.
Mark 4: 35-41

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