Summary: Jesus is everything we need, look to him for your help, healing, hope, and health.
The Ministry, Message, and Messiah in the Book of Mark Week 15:
"Jesus is our Helper, Healer, and Hope." (Mark 6:53-56)
Crossroads Community Church
Rev. Ricky A. Rohrig Sr., Founding Pastor
Have you ever lost something before? How about your grocery list, you purse or your wallet, maybe your keys, a homework assignment or an important project fro work, maybe even at one time you lost your child momentarily, at to go one step further, maybe in the crazy chaotic world we live in, maybe sometimes it seems like you may be losing your mind. If you are all like me, whenever I lose something it is always at the most inopportune time. What about yourself being physically lost? Being in a strange place, where you’re surroundings are not familiar? Of course us guys never want to admit to that we have ever been lost. If you ride with a guy driving we will just say we are “taking the scenic route.” Funny how the scenic route always tool longer, then when you get there (however long that takes) “the guy” states, see I told you I knew where I was going! I believe women must have come together and said enough is enough, and they created GPS (let’s call it Gals Providing Support) of course that would have never sufficed for us guys so they came up with something that sounds more manly and intellectual, Global Positioning System. Ever wonder guys why GPS is a woman’s voice, starts sweet and if you don’t listen and you get lost they tell you where you made a mistake, and redirect you? Sound familiar, just sayin’!
Hopefully, we can all agree on is being lost is no fun. That we all at times have been, are or will be lost:
We could use the same to describe being sick:
And going even one step further we have at one time or another all felt hopeless:
The amazing thing is as complicated as our problems, burdens, and life becomes, the answer is found in Jesus. I don’t mean knowing about Jesus through someone else, but having a personal relationship with Him!
So today we are going to explore the importance of seeking Jesus for everything you need because Jesus is our Help, Healer, and Hope!
If you have your Bibles our smartphones please go to Mark 6:53-56.
This wraps up the 6th chapter of Mark. Last week we unpacked and answered the question, Are You Fearfully Afraid or Faithfully Focused?
Jesus had just come to the disciples walking on the water in the midst of their storm, physical and spiritual. He has calmed the storm and their spirit as we pick it up today.
53And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore.
54And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him,
55And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was.
56And 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.
We see a common theme continue with then use of the word “And” it was used several time in last week’s passages and every verse today for our foundational passages start with And.
• And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret—from which the lake sometimes takes its name, stretching along its western shore. Capernaum was their landing-place (John 6:24, 25).
o 53 - and drew to the shore —a nautical phrase, nowhere else used in the New Testament, suggesting the boat they were on was a larger vessel and not a dinky row boat
1. Help is on the way
Close your eyes just for a brief moment, think of a time that you felt helplessness, think of a particular time when you had no way of getting out of a situation you were in and were desperate for help. Who is around you, how are you feeling, what is going through your head? Now imagine whatever it is you are imagining, help has arrived, the situation is resolved. Now how do you feel?
o You can open your eyes; this is a similar situation that the crowd must have experienced when they saw Jesus
54 And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him,
• In Mark’s gospel thus far there have been several times that people have witnessed Jesus with the disciples and crowds and performing miracles