Mark 6:45-50 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Walks on the Water
45 Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.
47 Later that night, 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. Shortly before dawn 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. 51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, 52 for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened."
Robert explained that Jesus went into the hills above lake Galilee to reflect and spend time with God after the excitement of the feeding of the Five Thousand.(my words -He needed to get back to being close to God so that his ego didnt run away with Him)
The disciples in trouble on the lake were spotted by Jesus from the vantage on the hillside . Jesus goes to them and is called right into their boatside and climbs aboard and the storm dies down. What did Robert make of this
- We need to call out to Jesus
- He will do something AND
- His very presence calms our inner storms and helps us with our outer ones
Its funny how things work out, as I am very uptight at the moment , or maybe I am forgetting to call out. Colin and I are going back to Israel in September .Rev Elsie once said that one can't go enough times. She was right, all ones Bible reading is informed and illustrated by a sense of place.