Scripture: Mark 6: 45-56
In this morning’s message from the Gospel of Mark, we see that the disciples hearts were hardened and they didn’t understand what Jesus was doing.
Many people refuse to accept God’s gift of salvation because they’ve judged Christians they know or even Christians they see in the news or social media. Maybe scientific theories that are presented as facts keep them from accepting the truth of the Bible and they won’t go any further.
Mark’s Gospel shows Jesus as a man of decisive action with a clear message and mission, and the reader is called to actively response to the message. The word “immediately” appears 41 times moving the narrative forward with speed and urgency.
Mark divides Jesus’ life into two parts: his identity as Messiah and King over all things in the first 8 chapters (the crown) and then in the last 8 chapters we see Him fulfilling His life’s purpose in suffering and dying on the cross.
Last week we saw Jesus involve others in the miracle of feeding over 5,000 with just 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish provided by a boy. He had compassion on the crowd because he saw them as lost sheep with no shepherd to protect and guide them.
Today’s sermon wraps up chapter six with Jesus calming his disciples fears, helping them overcome their hard hearts of unbelief, and healing all who reached out to Him in faith.
Jesus Prayed vv. 45-47
Jesus Saw vv. 48-49
Jesus Calmed vv. 50-52
Jesus Healed vv. 53-56
Do you set aside regular time to be alone with God in prayer? If Jesus needed help with temptation and needed to talk to God – don’t you think you need to as well?
Is your heart hardened against accepting the Gospel? To believe that Jesus is God, that he died on the cross for your sins, that there is nothing you can do to save yourself – only Jesus can offer forgiveness and eternal life.
Do you call out or reach out to Jesus when storms of life come along? Do you think you can do it on your own? Do you believe He can actually help you?