Rev. Caleb Adams, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bend, OR, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Mark 6:45-56.
Jesus has not forgotten the rest that His disciples need. After feeding the large crowd, Jesus sends His disciples before Him to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. He remains alone to pray concerning His Father’s will for the salvation of sinners. By now it is late, and the disciples have everything but rest as the wind works against their trip across the sea. Jesus sees them and comes to them by walking on water. Such a matter of fact statement shows Jesus as the LORD, the One who created and controls the waters. By passing by His disciples, He intends to reveal Himself to them as He once revealed Himself to Moses and Elijah. The disciples miss it and react in fear, thinking Jesus is a ghost. He speaks His Word to reveal the truth yet again, promising these men they have nothing to fear. Yet they again miss it; their hearts do not yet believe the truth. When they arrive at their destination, Jesus continues His ministry of healing to those who come to Him in need.
“The Gospel in Action” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the Gospel according to St. Mark. The Evangelist hits the ground running with the very first verse of his Gospel account, and he never lets up the pace. As one deed of Jesus comes right after another, always paired with His authoritative Word, St. Mark proclaims the good news that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, revealed conclusively by His death on the cross.