What Jesus Did! 'Components of Jesus' Ministry' — Mark 6:45-46

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Then Jesus told the followers to get into the boat. Jesus told them to go to the other side of the lake to Bethsaida. Jesus said that he would come later. Jesus stayed there to tell the people they could go home. After Jesus said good-bye to the people, he went into the hills to pray.
— Mark 6:45-46
Illustration of Mark 6:45-46 —  After Jesus said good-bye to the people, he went into the hills to pray.

Key Thought

This whole episode began with Jesus sensing that he and his disciples needed rest. Part of the signal that this was true was the death of John the Baptist. However, the people found them and came to them for help and teaching. Jesus provided for them. Then Jesus, like any great leader sometimes has to do, protected his disciples and sent them away while he dealt with the crowds. Yet Jesus knew he needed to get away and be alone with God, so he sends the crowds away. Ministry is exhausting. Dealing with people and their issues takes a toll. Being used by God can be physically taxing. So Jesus seeks rest, especially in the middle of high ministry demands. Let's learn from the Master!

Today's Prayer

O Abba Father, please forgive me and correct me for not resting in your presence and not spending enough time in prayer. Help me stay on track with my commitment to properly rest, but to also stay on track in my prayer life. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Then Jesus told the followers to get into the boat. Jesus told them to go to the other side of the lake to Bethsaida. Jesus said that he would come later. Jesus stayed there to tell the people they could go home. After Jesus said good-bye to the people, he went into the hills to pray. That night, the boat was still in the middle of the lake. Jesus was alone on the land. Jesus saw the boat far away on the lake. He saw the followers working hard to row the boat. The wind was blowing against them. Sometime between three and six o'clock in the morning, Jesus went to the boat. Jesus was walking on the water. Jesus continued walking until he was almost past the boat. But the followers saw Jesus walking on the water. They thought he was a ghost. The followers shouted with fear. All the followers saw Jesus and were very afraid. But Jesus spoke to the followers and said, "Don't worry! It's me! Don't be afraid." Then Jesus got into the boat with the followers. And the wind became calm. The followers were completely amazed. They still didn't understand {his power}. It was like the miracle he did with the bread. They still didn't understand what that meant. Jesus and his followers went across the lake. They came to shore at Gennesaret. They tied the boat there. When they were out of the boat, the people saw Jesus. They knew who he was. The people ran {to tell other people} everywhere in that area {that Jesus was there}. The people brought sick people on beds to every place Jesus went. Jesus went into towns and cities and farms around that area. And every place Jesus went, the people brought sick people to the market places. They begged Jesus to let them touch any part of his coat. And all the people that touched him were healed.

Mark 6:45-56

Related Scripture Readings

The Lord himself will come down from heaven. There will be a loud command. That command will be given with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God. And the people who have died and were in Christ will rise first. After that, we people who are still alive at that time will be gathered up with those people who have died. We will be taken up in the clouds and meet the Lord in the air. And we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

The Lord is my shepherd. I will always have everything I need. He lets me lie down in green pastures. He leads me by calm pools of water. He gives new strength to my soul for the good of his name. He leads me on paths of goodness, to show he is truly good. Even if I walk through a valley as dark as the grave, I will not be afraid of any danger. Why? Because you are with me, Lord. Your rod and staff comfort me. Lord, you prepared my table in front of my enemies. You poured oil on my head. My cup is full and spilling over. Goodness and mercy will be with me the rest of my life. And I will sit in the Lord's temple for a long, long time.

Psalm 23:1-6

So you must change your hearts and lives! Come back to God and he will forgive your sins. Then the Lord (God) will give you times of spiritual rest. He will give you Jesus, the One he chose to be the Christ.

Acts 3:19-20

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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