The book of Mark is full of personal experience. A young virgin becomes the recipient of God’s promise and finds herself with child. A leper gets healed. Sins are proclaimed to be forgiven. Paralytics and other forms of crippling disabilities are healed. And Jesus disciples are somewhat amazed, but its not really personal for them: Yet!
It’s not until the disciples are in a boat, crossing the lake, and a big storm blows up that they actually experience the awe and majesty of Christ for themselves. Jesus is calmly sleeping. They wake him. He rebukes the wind and the sea and it calms down immediately.
And they are amazed! They ask who is this, that even the winds and the waves obey him. I believe the source of their amazement was that suddenly Christ become personal. They had seen him heal a leper, the paralytic and demon possessed, as well proclaim the forgiveness of sin. The demons and sickness left at the word of command from Christ.
But, something happened deep in their souls on that night. The power of Christ became deeply personal for them. Until then, perhaps they didn’t have compassion or much of an interest for the leper. Or the paralytic. Nor the demon possessed. Or the sinners. And on that dark stormy night, the disciples experienced the power of God’s word for themselves. And suddenly, Christ became deeply personal.