Just say the word

“They were terrified and asked each other,
“Who is this?
Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
(Mark 4:41)

Jesus had been asleep in the stern of the boat when a storm threatened it. Awoken by His disciples

“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still.” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” (Mark 4:39)

If Jesus, although fully human, was also the divine Son of God, then we would expect Him to reveal some of the same power and authority. The account of creation in the first chapter of Genesis reveals the majesty and power of God as He speaks creation into existence. (Note here that the focus of the Bible is always more upon ‘Who’ than on ‘How’ – which is the focus of science. God was setting out what He wanted and God then got what He wanted and was pleased with the result. Whether the process took six days as we know them or thirteen billion years as we know them is not the point.)

Jesus exercises this same majestic authority over creation when He commands the wind and the waves to be quiet and still. The result was such that the disciples were terrified and asked each other who this could be – for they realised the implications of what they had just seen.

There was no attempt to question how He had controlled the elements – no discussion on things like high or low pressure areas. They knew what they had seen and experienced, and that they were in the presence of someone terrifyingly like God!

The centurion was aware of a similar supreme authority when He amazed Jesus by saying

“Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed” (Matthew 8:8)

All the words of Jesus Christ are majestic and true – do I receive them as such?


Lord Jesus You speak words for a purpose – help me to give honour and attention to Your words and allow them into my life and living. Amen.