And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. (Matthew 8:26 ESV)
“Why are you afraid?”
The disciples had seen the past work of Jesus. They had been there for the miracles that he had done. Yet, when it came to something beyond their control yet so in God’s Son’s control, they panicked. To make matters worse, it’s like they were surprised later on in the text when they said,
The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” (Matthew 8:27)
Shouldn’t they have kind of anticipated that the Christ who healed, promised to raise from the dead and would eventually feed a ton of people on a fish sandwich could control the waves too?