The Other Side
“. . . Let us go over to the other side.” Mark 4:35
The awestruck disciples ask, “Who is this that even the winds and waves obey Him?” The subduing of the sea was not merely a demonstration of power, but an epiphany through which Jesus was revealed to His disciples. In the storm they had addressed Him as teacher, now they see the other side of Him, his identity as the Son of God, the miraculous and supernatural are laid bare.
Uncomfortableness and embarrassment over the miracles of Jesus exist in our culture. Because they run contrary to all we know about nature, and reveal we know so little about the other side of Jesus, one should not decide in advance what is or is not possible. We should never prejudge that something certainly cannot happen. We miss the other side whenever we swap miraculous elements for some natural explanation that will make more sense to our well-educated, natural reasoning. Still, there is another liability which works to keep us from the other side.
It’s not just high-browed reasoning which blocks us from the supernatural work of Jesus, instead it may be a deliberate, conscious, disobedience, the constant struggle to keep some of our life under control. That is what hinders our hearing Jesus and receiving His grace. It hard to perceive and receive Him when there is willful disobedience. Examine your heart to see if there is somewhere you are refusing to listen and look at Jesus. The difficulty in seeing Jesus in the storm is not the storm, but willful, hidden sin we refuse to let go of. Only those who believe can see, and only those who see, can believe.
Are you open to new insights and understanding about Jesus? Are you willing to have your view of Him stretched? Is there anything in your life that is hindering you from seeing Him as He really is?