Near the end chapter 6 of Mark, we see stories that we all know so well, the feeding of the 5000, and now in verses 45-52, we see Jesus walking on water. Listen to what the Word tells us:
Jesus Walks on the Water
45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray.
47 When evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48 When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the sea. He intended to pass them by. 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 Then 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.
We see Jesus send the disciples back across the late to close to where they were staying. But notice what Jesus does when He sends them off. The text says that He goes up to the mountain to pray. I think that’s one thing that we always have to take away from Jesus’ life when we look at it. The important of prayer for His life. Jesus always, always, always spends time in prayer.
And to me, that’s such a huge thing, because think about this. Jesus Christ is the very son of God. He is the second person of the Trinity. He is part of the Godhead. He is literally one with God. Literally.
And yet He takes time to pray to His Father. He takes time to seek His Father’s face in prayer. Jesus Christ knows the importance, the value, the purpose of prayer. And He’s God Himself.
So, if Jesus understands the importance of prayer, shouldn’t we? If Jesus took time to pray, shouldn’t we? If this matter to Jesus, shouldn’t it matter to us? Each time in scripture when I see Jesus understand the importance of prayer, I am reminded about just how important prayer is. And I have to ask myself, do I pray as I ought?
Prayer mattered to Jesus. It has to matter to us as well.
After this time of prayer, we see Jesus walking upon the waters to the disciples. And notice what they feel when they see Him walking out to them? Fear. They are afraid. Because the know that no man can do this. This is not human, they think that He’s a ghost. They are terrified.
When they (or we) see Jesus fully in His power, it is a terrifying thing. He is awe inspiring. He is other. He is God. And that’s one of those things that our mind cannot hold together. The incarnation. Jesus is fully God and fully human. He is Lord and friend. He is our guide and He is our savior. And He never leaves us.
Do not fear. Do not be afraid. No matter how big the problems you are face, Jesus is bigger. Trust.
Do not fear.
Tomorrow we’ll look at Mark 6:35-56.
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