Mark 6:45-52 New International Version (NIV)
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.
Knowing Jesus part 3
“A memory like A Sieve”
“Where on earth are my keys?” And “I’d forget my head if it wasn’t screwed on” are phrases commonly heard in my home. They’re heard with regularity because I am so forgetful. After 20 years of marriage my wife is used to my small memory lapses. She knows that if I am distracted even for a few seconds I will forget my keys and even my head if it wasn’t screwed on.
Being forgetful doesn’t bother me because I am in illustrious company. Like myself, the disciples also seem to be experiencing rather embarrassing memory loss. Prior to the storm on the lake they have witnessed one of Jesus greatest miracles, the feeding of the five thousand. They were the people who, in great doubt, brought meagre scraps to Jesus and watched in amazement as five thousand people were fed. They were there at the greatest picnic the world has ever seen and now, on the Sea of Galilee, we find them in a state of fear paralysed by forgetfulness.
I’m not here to criticise the disciples because I too have faced desperate circumstances and been paralysed by the same forgetfulness. As Christians we must never let the storms we face make us forget who Jesus is. At all times we must learn to keep our eyes fully fixed on him because to concentrate on our problems will disable us. Gods desire is not for us to be conquered by our circumstances but be conquerors of them.
When Jesus walked across the Sea of Galilee he was making a statement to his forgetful disciples. He was reminding them that he has control over the wind, the waves and the sea because he created them. On the cross at Calvary he gave us the greatest statement of who he is by defeating sin, death and Hell. No matter what you circumstances say to you today he is your risen conquering saviour. He has triumphed over your sickness, your depression, your poverty, your unemployment, your grief and your rejection. Today you can stand and face your storm, not in forgetfulness, but in the full knowledge of who and what your friend Jesus really is…..and don’t you forget it!!
Today’s hymn – Tell out my soul- ©Timothy Dudley-Smith 1962
Today’s worship Song
For this purpose © Graham Kendrick 1991