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December 28, 2017

Mark 6:45-52 Jesus Walks on Water

Mark 6:45-52

45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. 47 And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48 And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, 50 for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 51 And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52 for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

After the miracle of the feeding of five thousand, Jesus dismissed the crowd and told the disciple to go ahead and sail the boat while he went up to the mountain to pray. This was how Jesus regained his strength – prayer. While we see prayer as work, Jesus saw prayer differently. This was his me time, his alone time so that he can regain back the strength he used in ministry.

Meanwhile, his disciples were in the boat and Jesus caught up with them by walking on water during a storm. We have to remember that Jesus would always have teachable moments with the disciples and for sure he was teaching them something here. When the disciples saw Jesus, they were very afraid and Jesus told them to take heart because it is him.

Supernaturally, when he got into the boat, the wind ceased and there was stillness. Here are some lessons we see here:

Prayer sustains us. Don’t look at prayer as work rather as a source of supernatural strength to see us through especially when we are tired. 

Jesus reigns over any storm. By walking on water, Jesus was saying I am above anything whether water or storm.

Let Jesus stay in your boat. Who is steering your boat? When the disciples were on the boat they were afraid, when Jesus came onboard the wind ceased. Where Jesus is, whether with storm or without, there is calmness.

 

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