The Jesus I know

So, I’m finished with Mark, but something is still bothering me.  I have to get it off my chest.   You know the story about Jesus walking on water, right?   You’ve been to church enough, you’ve heard the story.   If not, you can read it here in the book of Mark, 6:47-52.  I’ll retell.  The disciples are in the boat (a rowboat apparently), there’s a big storm, they’re scared, Jesus comes to the rescue.  He walks out onto the water (I guess because either he’s in a hurry, can’t find another boat, or just wants to show off his water-walkin’ skillz).   Anyway, he walks out there, gets in, calms the sea, and saves them.  That’s all to the story, right?  NO!

There’s a part in there, just a phrase, that’s kept me up at night.  Verse 48 says “He intended to go past them…”  huh?  read it again.  “He intended to go past them…”   Wha….??   Jesus saw that they were in trouble, came toward them, walking on the water.  and intended to go past them?  This doesn’t sound like the compassionate Jesus I know.   Besides, it was 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning–not the time for a casual walk, on water or land!

I can only assume that he was waiting for them to call out to him, so he could respond with a rescue.   Oh, and they called out, actually the next verse says they cried out in terror, thinking that he was a ghost.  Probably not the reaction he was hoping for, but he saved them anyway.  

So, next time your in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the wind and waves, call out to Jesus.  He sees you, he’s prepared to walk on water to get to you.  Don’t let him walk on by.  Call out to him (but, preferably not in terror!). 🙂

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Judy (Mom) on April 26, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Cari, what a wonderful way to tell the story.. you are teaching through this site…I am so proud of you..thanks thanks

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