Daily Devotional Friday 21st August 2020

by William Moody

Mark 6:45–52

Jesus Walks on the Water

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 night1 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.

Footnotes

[1] 6:48 That is, between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.

(ESV)

Why was Jesus so keen to send His disciples away after the feeding of the 5,000? Why was He so quick for Himself to be alone with His Father (v46)? The reason is to prevent them from being carried away by the euphoria of the crowd after this great miracle. Jesus and the disciples need their feet kept firmly on the ground for to do the Father’s will.

The storm that arose (v47-48) would help achieve this purpose, but it again shows the greatness of Christ coming at their time of need. A little stretch of water was not going to stop Jesus being there when He was most needed.

No matter what you are going through in life, Jesus is able to be there and change things around (see v50)

The danger is that like the disciples our sinful hearts can make it hard for us to believe and see the greatness of Christ (v51-52). The failure of the disciples to grasp the truth before their eyes in the Feeding of the 5,000, prevented them from expecting further great works by Christ.

If we fail to properly grasp and believe what the Bible teaches about Jesus it will greatly limit our expectation and experience of Christ in the future.

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