“Take braveness, it is I, do not be afraid” (Mark 6:50).
1 John 4:11-18 Mark 6:45-52
Mark wishes his readers to see the relationship between Jesus’ multiplication of the loaves and fishes and the present of manna in the desert. Jesus is the new Moses, and when, like Moses, he prays on the mountain just before strolling on water to conserve his disciples, Jesus is invoking the exodus as a preview of his passage as a result of the waters of loss of life to new lifetime in the resurrection.
Each crossing of the lake is a rehearsal of the faith the disciples will want when storms threaten to sink them and the boat of the church. The risen Christ is with his church, not as a ghost but as savior and redeemer. “Have braveness, it is I, do not be scared.” Mark’s narrative emphasizes just how prolonged it took the disciples to grasp who Jesus was. Like the crowds, they preferred him to be a messiah king to restore Israel. If he could feed 5,000 men in the desert, he could increase an military to defeat the Romans. They would be his lieutenants, ready to share in his glory. Like the men and women in the desert with Moses who “hardened their hearts,” the disciples refused to see God’s program for Jesus.
In Chapter 8, midway by his Gospel, Mark has Jesus quiz his disciples about who they assume he is. Only then is Peter encouraged to contact him the Christ, at which Jesus reveals his approaching suffering and dying. This is the type of messiah he will be, even with Peter’s efforts to dissuade him. In Chapter 9, Jesus will take Peter, James and John up on the mountain the place he is transfigured. This scene, also, is a preview of the resurrection and the revelation that by his suffering and demise Jesus fulfilled the Legislation and the Prophets.
How lengthy it took the early church to realize Jesus is reflected in Mark’s Gospel. Faith is not a lock-step march ahead into glory, but much more like an invitation to stroll on drinking water. We ought to dwell in between earth and heaven, at times in doubt and in some cases in blessed assurance, in durations of tranquility and other periods shaken by crises and uncertainty. Like the disciples, we will have to arise from our have struggles with religion keen to have faith in that Jesus is normally with us. There is no assure we will not encounter storms, struggling and reduction. In point, becoming with him assures we will facial area troubles.
“Hardness of heart” is a terrible state to be in, so certain of my individual fact that I should reject and even vilify individuals who disagree with me. It is also a extremely small area to be, with mental walls on all sides to shield my globe, even if this signifies closing out new concepts, encounters, individuals and the probability to discover and expand. Discipleship is a lifelong journey of opening our hearts to God and a single a different, which is the route to the fullness of everyday living.