Mark 6:45 Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd.
The undeniable evidence for Jesus’ Messiah-ship continues to mount. By sending his disciples ahead of him, Jesus sets in motion another moment where his supernatural nature will be revealed.
46 After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray. 47 When evening came, 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. About the fourth watch of the night 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.” Continue reading “Episode 33: Jesus Walks On Water”
Mark 6:34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
By now, Jesus is so popular that large crowds flock to where he’s headed. When he arrives, the multitude spreads as far as the eye can see, their light-colored robes reflecting the heat of the Middle East sun like thousands of sheep dotting the landscape. His heart goes out to his lambs and the Good Shepherd begins to reveal his Father’s Kingdom to them.
35 By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. 36 Send the people away so they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat. 37 But he answered, “You give them something to eat.” Continue reading “Episode 32: “You Give Them Something to Eat””
Jesus knows that the spiritual welfare of his disciples is connected to their physical well-being, so he pulls them aside to eat and rest.
Mark 6: 30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Continue reading “Episode 31: “Come With Me to a Quiet Place””
The Jews are not the only ones who notice what Jesus and his followers are doing:
Mark 6:14 King Herod heard about this, for Jesus’ name had become well known. Some were saying, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.” 15 Others said, “He is Elijah.” And still others claimed, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago.” 16 But when Herod heard this, he said, “John, the man I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!” Continue reading “Episode 30: John the Baptizer Martyred”
Mark 6:6b Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. 7 Calling the Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits. 8 These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. 9 Wear sandals but not an extra tunic. 10 Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. 11 And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them.”
The Twelve see Jesus preach, heal, and deliver. Now, it’s their turn. Continue reading “Episode 29: Poured In to Be Poured Out”