From The Message
HOW TO BE COURAGEOUS
Mark 6:6b-56 , Mark 6:35-52 1/3/ 2010
When Jesus comes home to Nazareth, now as a visiting Rabbi, His neighbors show bitter resentment. Who does Jesus think He is, anyway? Their unbelief is a barrier that keeps Him from performing miracles there But Jesus must reach as many in Israel as possible and so commissions the Twelve to go preach and heal Word about Jesus permeated the little land, leading to widespread speculation about who He is . Mention of Herodâ€™s theory that Jesus is John the Baptist raised from the dead leads to a digression, as Mark relates the story of Johnâ€™s execution This story told, Mark returns to his theme and tells of Jesusâ€™ miracles of feeding the 5,000 of walking on the stormy sea of Galilee and continued healings of many . The citizen of Nazareth, like many today, could not see the obvious. Jesus is the Son of God.
Mark 6:35-44 Feeding the 5,000
35When his disciples thought this had gone on long enoughâ€”it was now quite late in the dayâ€”they interrupted: â€œWe are a long way out in the country, and itâ€™s very late.36Pronounce a benediction and send these folks off so they can get some supper.â€37Jesus said, â€œYou do it. Fix supper for them.â€They replied, â€œAre you serious? You want us to go spend a fortune on food for their supper?â€38But he was quite serious. â€œHow many loaves of bread do you have? Take an inventory.â€That didnâ€™t take long. â€œFive,â€ they said, â€œplus two fish.â€39 Jesus got them all to sit down in groups of fifty or a hundred -they looked like a patchwork quilt of wildflowers spread out on the green grass! 41He took the five loaves and two fish, lifted his face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread to the disciples, and the disciples in turn gave it to the people. He did the same with the fish. 42They all ate their fill. 43The disciples gathered twelve baskets of leftovers. 44More than five thousand were at the supper.
Let not ministers do any thing or teach any thing, but what they are willing should be told to their Lord. Christ notices the frights of some, and the toils of others of his disciples, and provides rest for those that are tired, and refuge for those that are terrified. The people sought the spiritual food of Christâ€™s word, and then he took care that they should not want bodily food. If Christ and his disciples put up with mean things, surely we may. And this miracle shows that Christ came into the world, not only to restore, but to preserve and nourish spiritual life; in him there is enough for all that come. None are sent empty away from Christ but those who come to him full of themselves. Though Christ had bread enough at command, he teaches us not to waste any of Godâ€™s bounties, remembering how many are in want. We may, some time, need the fragments that we now throw away.
Mark 6:45-52 Walking on the Sea
45As soon as the meal was finished, Jesus insisted that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead across to Bethsaida while he dismissed the congregation. 46After sending them off, he climbed a mountain to pray.47Late at night, the boat was far out at sea; Jesus was still by himself on land. 48He could see his men struggling with the oars, the wind having come up against them. At about four oâ€™clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them, walking on the sea. He intended to go right by them. 49But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and screamed, scared out of their wits.50Jesus was quick to comfort them: â€œCourage! Itâ€™s me. Donâ€™t be afraid.â€ 51As soon as he climbed into the boat, the wind died down. They were stunned, shaking their heads, wondering what was going on. 52They didnâ€™t understand what he had done at the supper. None of this had yet penetrated their hearts
The church is often like a ship at sea, tossed with tempests, and not comforted: we may have Christ for us, yet wind and tide against us; but it is a comfort to Christâ€™s disciples in a storm, that their Master is in the heavenly mount, interceding for them. And no difficulties can hinder Christâ€™s appearance for his people, when the set time is come. He silenced their fears, by making himself known to them. Our fears are soon satisfied, if our mistakes are set right, especially our mistakes as to Christ. Let the disciples have their Master with them, and all is well. It is for want of rightly understanding Christâ€™s former works, that we view his present works as if there never were the like before. If Christâ€™s ministers now could cure peopleâ€™s bodily diseases, what multitudes would flock after them! It is sad to think how much more most care about their bodies than about their souls.
Feeding the 5,000 The importance of this story is shown in its careful introduction and in the fact that twice Jesus refers back to it (Mark 6:52; 8:17-21). Why so important? It illustrates the compassion of Jesus for the hungry. It drives home the responsibility of Jesusâ€™ disciples not only to care, but also to act . And it encourages us to realize that however limited our resources, Christ can multiply them if we commit what we have to His service and that of others.
Jesus walks on the waters ,The details are many. It happened in midlake, during the fourth watchâ€”by Roman reckoning, 3-6 A.M. And it further confirmed the disciplesâ€™ faith. How precious are the private miracles we experience.