[Storm on the Sea of Galilee], 1633
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn [1606.7.15~1669.10.4]


<Mark 4:35~41>
35. That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side."
36. Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him.
37. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.
38. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"
39. He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

40. He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"
41. They were terrified and asked each other, "Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!"

<Matthew 8:23~27>
23. Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him.
24. Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.
25. The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!"
26. He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
27. The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!"

<Luke 8:22~25>
22. One day Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's go over to the other side of the lake." So they got into a boat and set out.
23. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
24. The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!" He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.
25. "Where is your faith?" he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, "Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him."

This famous painting is 'The Storm on the Sea of Galilee' by a Dutch artist, Rembrandt.

First, I want you to know about Rembrandt.
He is a very famous artist in the Netherlands and the most representative artist in the field of 17c Europe painting.

He was so brilliant that he taught himself to draw pictures and did not go to University. He was also acknowledged as a good artist who is good at oil painting and engraving at an early age. However, when he got old, his life became miserable as his wife and three young sons died. His emotional pains of the bereavement were expressed in his art. He died alone under poor circumstances. After his death, his pieces of art gained recognition because his art included the heart and love for people.

600 pieces of paintings, 300 pieces of engravings, and 2000 pieces of drawings are his creations and the a-third of them are related to Christianity and the Bible. He is indeed a great devotee and artist.

Let me show you one piece of his work.

Can you see the passage from the Bible? The same case is reported in the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke.

Jesus was going to the opposite of the sea of Galilee after he preached the word of God. Suddenly, there was a storm and the disciples got frightened, but Jesus was just sitting quietly. Jesus made the storm quiet and stop, and chided the disciples for their lack of faith in God. This miracle has a message for us. When we meet hardship like the storm in our lives, our belief in God will help us.
In the picture, the boat symbolizes a church as it goes ahead with Jesus

There are much more miracles in the New Testament.
I hope you realize Jesus¡¯s miracle and the meanings it contains. As Rembrandt expresses the messages from God in art, you can also be a worthy being to give words of God to the world by using your own talent.

* Writer : Dojin Park (sysop and illustrator)
* References :
¡®Miracle stories in the New Testament¡¯
(Writer: Sean Connolly/Translator : Kyungeun Kim
/Publisher : Catholic Book)