One of the beautiful things about working through the Gospels together, especially Mark, is that we see how Jesus Himself is forming His Mission. He is both delivering the Good News and He is the Good News. The purpose of the incarnation of Jesus is to personal deliver the Gospel to each of us, right on our earth, right in our neighborhood. We get our mission directly from what Jesus did. Each one of his miracles both reaffirms that to Him, and it shows that to others. His miracles and his signs, though they are immediately beneficial, typically, to the people on whom they are done, serve a unique purpose. They are signs, so they are pointing us in a direction—they are showing us something. Jesus has a mission: to change the world. To be another one of God’s voices showing the world again who He is. The mission He is bringing is a big deal, it’s nearly unbelievable. Today, people still don’t believe it. He’s not just performing actions that heal physical ailments, he’s saving our souls. He’s doing things that are reserved for God. The key to leadership for Jesus and for us is self-differentiation. And so Jesus miracles are making him a distinct person. Jesus is leading us and part of the way he can work in a high-anxiety world (like ours) is to be his own person. Let’s bserve how Jesus self-differentiates in these two passages. The first one is when he calms the storm.