Our middle son, M5, drew this picture in Sunday school this morning. (I don’t have access to a scanner today, hence this is just a photograph. Click for a larger version.)
It depicts the scene in Mark 4:35-41, where Jesus is asleep in the boat as a storm rages and the disciples fear for their lives. (Note the disciples clinging to the mast!)
M5 was at pains to stress that, in his picture, Jesus is in fact just waking up. This, together with the somewhat tomb-like bed in which M5 has placed him, made me realise something I’d never previously noticed about this incident: it prefigures Jesus’ resurrection.
It is as Jesus wakes from sleep that he brings salvation – but also confusion, even terror – to his followers, just as his waking from the sleep of death was subsequently to do.
In Mark 4, Jesus’ first words to the disciples are “Why are you afraid?”, while the disciples “were filled with great awe” (“afraid and amazed”, in Luke’s parallel account). In Mark 16, the angel’s first words to the women are, “Do not be alarmed”, while the women “fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them”.
In each case, though, by faith they – and we – were subsequently able to see these baffling and alarming acts as the power of God breaking into our world in the person of Jesus, with his resurrection stilling the storms of sin, death and hell forever.