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 NLT
Illustration of Mark 6:45-46 NLT —  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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
  • Psalm 23:1-6
  • Acts 3:19-20


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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.