Matthew 8:23 says this, “When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him.”
So, I wanted to start with this verse as we get into this story about what actually happens in this boat. But a few points about the boat.
Jesus climbs into the boat and they climb in after Him, beginning to set out on the water. This was probably another instance where Jesus chose to take some time away from the spotlight (Matthew 14:23; Luke 6:12). Since we find Him fast asleep in the following verses, He was likely quite tired.
A 2,000-year-old fishing boat was found in this region in 1986. That boat was about 26 feet long, or about 8 meters, and could hold 15 men. It may have included a single, simple sail. This boat may have been similar to the boat used in this passage.
This body of water is relatively shallow, and the hills around it are steep. This lends itself to extreme changes in wind and weather. Calm seas can become choppy and dangerous quickly, which is what apparently happens during this trip (Matthew 8:24).
So before we get into the trip, think about this scene. Jesus, tired, gets into a boat. The other dudes around Him get in as well and they push off. They don’t know what’s about to happen but they go. As with most of the journey’s with Jesus, they don’t know what’s about to go down. They just go. They get in the boat and go.
Are we ready to get into the boat and go?