Mark Has Some Good News, Part 25, Waiting Instead Of Working

Mark 6:

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 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.


There's a universal truth that bible believing Christians have to come to terms with as we approach the scriptures. That truth is that ultimately God wrote them. Which means to a serious student of God’s word that we have to take every word seriously that we find in them. Which means it's important to note that the dung came out in judges, that David used Goliath's giant sized sword to behead him in Samuel. And that Jesus was going to pass by the struggling disciples who were stuck in a squall off the coast of Bethsaida.

I have a hard time not looking at this part of scripture and not seeing Jesus fed up with his disciples. He specifically sent them to the other side of the sea and they didn't listen and got stuck in some bad weather. And it looks like he was going to just let them deal with it, let them weather the storm for their mistake. But feeling compassion he enters the boat and calms the waves. And leaves us with this part of scripture to wrestle with and ask why it's important.

I think it shows us the Jesus expects things from his disciples. Things like obedience and determination. If he was going to pass them he was going to make them work for it. If they were not going to listen when Jesus wanted them leave then they we're going to listen to their muscles ache and their temperatures drop. It's not like he had just empowered them for ministry just a few verses ago.

When Jesus says go and sin no more, he expects you to do so, and knows you won't, he expects you to turn from sin but will follow you to your sin and be ready to forgive you anyway
When Jesus says go and make disciples of all nations. He expects you to talk to other people about him and his work to atone for all sin, but knows you'll never tell your friends how he changed your life and can change theirs.
When Jesus speaks he expects you to listen, but knows you won't do it the first time. Jesus is acutely aware of your improbable success and your impending failure. Yet his love stays true and he doesn't leave us. He stops and stays none the less.