Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in His hands? Who has bound up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is the name of His Son – if you know? ~Proverbs 30:4 HCSB
Interestingly, the Bible offers clear answers to every one of the questions posed in Proverbs 30:4.
1. Jesus Christ is the one who has both come down to earth and ascended into heaven.
Consider how the birth of Jesus was predicted by an angel, as recorded in Luke 1:26-35:
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
Acts 1:9 tells us that a number of people saw Jesus physically ascend into heaven following his resurrection:
After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
And the writer of Hebrews emphasizes that Acts 1:9 is true:
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. ~Hebrews 4:14
2. Jesus Christ demonstrated control over the wind.
In Mark 4:37-41 we read an account of Jesus crossing the Sea of Galilee in a small boat:
A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 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?”
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
3. Jesus Christ has held control of the oceans since he created them.
In Job 38:8-11, the Lord asks Job to tell him who set the oceans in place and determined their boundaries. It’s a rhetorical question, of course. The obvious answer is that God is the one who controls the seas:
“Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness, when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place, when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt’?
4. Jesus Christ is God the Creator.
Colossians 1:16-17 assures us that Jesus is God the Creator:
For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
What will you do today to help someone else learn God’s name, and the name of his son?