“Let us cross over to the other side…” (Mark 4:35…)

Jesus Christ was the greatest Teacher this world has ever known. On this occasion He wanted to teach the apostles about faith. When we take science courses today there is a combination of lecture and laboratory learning. On this occasion the laboratory of Jesus was a great storm. His lecture was a great question He asked the apostles in the middle of that great storm. In one translation that question reads, “Do you not even yet believe in Me?”

We read that these men came to Jesus where He was asleep in the back of the boat when the storm was at its worst and asked Him, “Do you not even care that we are all going to drown?” Jesus had told them they were going to the other side of the Sea. He had also told them so many things about who He was and about the kingdom He was establishing on earth and the part He wanted them to play in that kingdom. His question implied that they believed He, along with themselves and the kingdom of which He was teaching them, were all going to end at the bottom of the Sea of Galilee!

Jesus has promised to take you and me to the other side of life into the eternal dimension. While He is taking us there He told us we would have many storms. Sometimes those storms are great storms. You may be in the middle of a great storm right now. If you are you are in the laboratory section of the school of faith. You must remember the great question of Jesus that can turn your great storm into a great calm: “Do you not even yet believe in Me?”


  1. William L. Lee says:

    Doctor Woodward,
    I have not seen this venue before today and only saw it today because I was speaking with a childhood friend and wanted her to know of your work and found this site via Google. It is amazing that the first lesson of yours that I read speaks of crossing to the other side. My friend has undertaken a adoption of three boys, two of which have Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy. They are not expected to live past 20. As we shared our respective “catch up” stories, the last sentence of her note read, “. . . quite evident that we all are taking distinct and God-tailored roads to the other side.” You are always current.

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