THOUGHTS FROM JACKIE: “THE LAST THING HE TOLD YOU”

THOUGHTS FROM JACKIE: “THE LAST THING HE TOLD YOU”

Mark 6:45-52 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side to Bethsaida, while He Himself was sending the crowd away. After bidding them farewell, He left for the mountain to pray. When it was evening, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and He was alone on the land. Seeing them straining at the oars, for the wind was against them, at about the fourth watch of the night He *came to them, walking on the sea; and He intended to pass by them. But when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed that it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw Him and were terrified. But immediately He spoke with them and *said to them, “Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid.” Then He got into the boat with them, and the wind stopped; and they were utterly astonished, for they had not gained any insight from the incident of the loaves, but their heart was hardened.
There are many wonderful things we could focus on from this set of passages. Things like Jesus getting alone to replenish Himself in prayer. The Lord’s power to change the weather and how we have the authority to do the same. What I’d like to get out of this is a nugget that is easy to miss. Jesus had told the disciples to go ahead of Him across the sea to Bethsaida. After praying Jesus is walking on the water in the midst of a storm. Scripture says He clearly had seen His disciples struggling, but then an interesting thing is stated. It says Jesus intended to pass by them. Why would Jesus do this? Doesn’t Jesus care that His followers are going through a tough moment? Is He going to walk right by them and let them sink into the sea and possibly perish? Where is all the love He just finished displaying to the thousands earlier that day? Well as you read the rest of the story you can see Jesus doesn’t pass them by, but rather enters the boat, the sea calms down, and the lesson is over. You see Jesus had already given His Word that He’d meet them in Bethsaida to continue the work they were doing. A storm between His saying what their destination was, and the destination was no more than a test of faith. If Jesus has said something obstacles may come to help you be more prepared for the task ahead, but they are not a sign that the plan has changed. The last thing Jesus told you to do is what you move towards unless you have new instructions. No matter the challenges Jesus’ Word is good. You will always make it to the other side. Much Luv!

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