Jesus is "I AM"

In Mark 6:45-52, Jesus knows the need of the disciples during the stormy, night sea. He walks on the water demonstrating that He is God. He reassures the disciples, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid” using the term for the holy name of God, I AM. In the Bible, the sea represents chaos and evil. Jesus saves us not only from the storms of life …read more

Meeting Jesus

The healing ministry of Jesus in Gennesaret demonstrates His authority, power, and compassion. The people run to all the surrounding areas to find those who need Jesus. Let us also expend our time and efforts so that others may see the Savior. Our compassion and prayers should help the world recognize Christ in and through us.

Feeding the 5000

The miracle of the feeding of the five thousand in Mark 6:30-44 demonstrates that Jesus is compassionate, powerful, and sufficient like no others. Just like the early disciples, let us receive our strength and supply from Jesus and pass it on to others through the Word of God.

God Doesn't Always Intervene

God doesn’t always intervene in difficult situations, but God’s always sovereign over our days. Suffering is not a sign that God is against us. Whether we are delivered from trials like Joseph or endure martyrdom like John the Baptist, His faithfulness and steadfast love remain.

Sent Out by Jesus

In Mark 6:7-13, Jesus sends out the 12 apostles to preach the Gospel of repentance. They were instructed to travel light, trusting in God's provision, and to travel in pairs, avoiding isolation. We are also part of God's plan to reach the world. Let us be faithful to our calling, not withholding the truth, so that we can declare with Paul, "I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all (Acts 20:26 ESV).

Terrifying Unbelief!

In Mark 6:1-6, Jesus returns to His hometown of Nazareth and is greeted with contempt and unbelief. Jesus limited His miracles there because of the obstinance and cold-hearted indifference of the people. Those who reject Christ miss His blessings and face the prospect of dying in their sins (John 8:24). Following Him in discipleship involves listening to Him, learning from Him, and deepening in our devotion to Him.

Twelve Short Years of Life

Jesus displays His awesome power by raising the daughter of Jairus from the dead in Mark 5:21-43. We can also take hope in the assurance that death has been defeated. Those who believe in Christ immediately go to be with Him at the moment of death, and their bodies will one day be raised when Christ returns.

Twelve Long Years of Sickness

The woman healed by Jesus in Mark 5:24-34 had spent 12 years living with illness and the isolation of ceremonial uncleanliness. She reaches out to Christ in faith, is healed, and then wishes to slip back into obscurity. Jesus calls her out in order to give her words of encouragement and to take her from timid faith to testifying faith.

Lord of Demons

Jesus the Son of God, came to our world on a mission of mercy. His miracles reveal His compassion, His omnipotence, and His rescue of us from the powers of sin and darkness. Mark 5:1-20 is the account of Jesus healing a man possessed by many demons. The demons recognize Jesus as the Son of God who has the authority to judge them. Jesus delivered the demoniac, and His sacrificial death on the cross can deliver us from sin and evil.

Lord of the Storm

The account of Jesus calming the storm at sea in Mark 4:35-41 reveals much about His true identity. Jesus understands what it means to share our humanity as he falls asleep in the boat, exhausted from a long day of ministry and opposition. Jesus demonstrates that He is sovereign over creation as He instantly calms the storm. Christ rides the storms with us, either calming them or delivering us safely through them. The only storm that can really sinks us is the storm of God's justice if we refuse to seek His mercy. Once we have believed in Him and are forgiven, the presence of the Lord is the antidote to our fears.

Kingdom Perspective

The disciples had many inaccurate expectations about the Kingdom of God. They wanted Jesus to powerfully crush His enemies and set up a physical kingdom on Earth. In His parables, however, Jesus revealed a very different vision for His kingdom. The kingdom would be like a tiny hidden seed, primarily manifesting itself as the Word of God takes root in the lives of individuals and bears fruit. The method of kingdom advancement would be sharing the Word, and growth would be slow and steady until a future consumption. At that time, God’s majestic rule and reign will be revealed.

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