MARK 6:45-56 (NIV – UK)
Jesus walks on the water
45 Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.
47 Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. 48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 50 because they all saw him and were terrified.
Immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’ 51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, 52 for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.
53 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there. 54 As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognised Jesus. 55 They ran throughout that whole region and carried those who were ill on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he went – into villages, towns or countryside – they placed those who were ill in the market-places. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.
JESUS JOINS US
The disciples were struggling to row in the lake, the wind was against them (v. 48). We then read of another one of Jesus’ most famous miracles – walking on water. Jesus goes out to the disciples, struggling in the boat – but they are afraid because they were afraid because they didn’t realise it was Jesus (v. 49). We then read: ‘Immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’ 51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down.’
Life can sometimes feel a bit like we are rowing against the wind. We might be rowing so hard, but it feels like we going nowhere. Those times can be frustrating, demoralising, and get us down. We can quickly lose our confidence and self-esteem. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Jesus doesn’t wait for us to come through the other side – to reach the shore. No, Jesus comes to us – he climbs into the boat with us. Jesus is the one person we really need in our boat – he can walk on water – he can calm the storms (v. 51).
Jesus wants to be in our boat at all times – whether it’s a nice, fine, sunny day or a windy, blowy, stormy day. It is in Jesus that we find safety, security, refuge, encouragement, identity, self-esteem, motivation and confidence.
Question: Do you invite Jesus into your boat in good times and bad?