Summary: Do you know Jesus
Do you know Jesus?
I’m pretty sure every one would answer this question, with a reply of yes. But before you answer the question really take a look at your life and see what have you done to get to know Him better. During the trails and hardship in your life whom did you turn to first? Well it is not my argument but let me show you a beautiful passage.
45 And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. 46 And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray. 47 And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. 48 And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. 49 But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: 50 For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. 51 And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. 52 For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened. 53 And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore. 54 And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him, 55 And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was. 56 And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.
Our lesson takes place after Jesus has feed the over five thousand with a lad’s lunch; twelve baskets of fragments were left over. Everyone was filled; the crowd has just witnessed one of our Lord miracles.
The crowd now more than every wants to around Jesus, but not for the right reason some because he good things always happens when he is around. Some just like the fact the He provides meals, some just like to see Him work wonders, but none because He is the Son of God.
45 And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people.
Straightway – immediately
2117. εὐθύς euthus; a prim. word used as an adj. or adv.; straight, straightway:— early(1), immediately(52), just then(1), right(2), straight(6).
Constrained - compel
337 ἀναγκάζω (anagkazō): vb.; = Str 315; TDNT 1.344—LN 37.33 compel, force, make one do something (Mt 14:22; Mk 6:45; Lk 14:23; Ac 26:11; 28:19; 2Co 12:11; Gal 2:3, 14; 6:12+)
(6:45) And immediately, He compelled His disciples to go on board the boat and precede Him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while He dismisses the crowd. From Kenneth Wuest’s Word Studies
46 And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.
He sent the crowd away and He is alone on land. He goes to a mountain to pray. Now if Jesus felt a need to pray what does that say for you and I. One of the to know Jesus is to spend time with Him in prayer, in order to gain insight on Him and about Him you have to spend some quite time with Him. Notice he is alone on land by Himself, when was the last time you got alone by yourself to spend time with Jesus alone?
From Dr. Kenneth Wuest’s Word Studies
(6:46) When He had sent them away. The verb is apotassō (ἀποτασσω) and means “to separate one’s self, withdraw one’s self, to take leave of, bid farewell to.”
To pray. The verb is proseuchomai (προσευχομαι), which is used of prayer addressed to God, the prefixed preposition meaning “toward, facing,” emphasizing the direct approach of the one who prays, in seeking God’s face. It speaks also of the consciousness on the part of the one who prays, of the fact of God’s presence and His listening ear.
Translation. And having taken leave of them, He went off into the mountain to pray.
47 And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land.