Musings in Mark

Wednesday, 12th May 2021

Reading: Mark 6. 45-52

Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray.

When evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 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. But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; 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.” Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.


Jesus was always keenly aware that the next need lay around the corner. Although He had just enabled the disciples to feed five thousand men plus women and children, Jesus wasted no time in moving his ministry along. As though with no time to spare, He “immediately” made the disciples get into the boat and go “to the other side”. Perhaps you might take some time in your imagination to think about how the crowd must have felt. One might have expected Jesus to hang around and spend s0me time with the people, but He doesn’t. He knows where His energies should be spent at every moment.

Maybe there’s a lesson there. Maybe there are times when God wants to reveal a need to us, and where we have to go to the other side to meet it. Jesus is also aware of His spiritual needs. He perhaps avoided spending more time among the crowds so that He could in fact spend time with God the Father.

Refreshed by His time with the Father, He is back on the land and notices that the disciples were struggling in a storm, and so He does a ‘Son of God’ thing – He walks on the water to be with them. He sees the needs of His disciples at that very moment, and determines to meet those needs. And nothing will stand in the way of Jesus – not even water! That’s perhaps the message for us today – nothing will ever stand in the way of Jesus meeting our needs.


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