Summary: mark 6:45-52
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Turn with me to where
Jesus walks on water
45 And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before [a]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.
Sermon: Wading through troubled waters
This text is all about contrary winds - opposition; those things that come into our lives and make us wonder if we will EVER make it through.
What kinds of contrary winds did Jesus face?
Mark’s gospel tells us that Jesus was rejected in his home town,
It would be rough if your family, friends, and neighbors didn't accept you.
some of you might know a little bit about that
Jesus also had national problems too.
King Herod had just put Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist to death,
and he wasn’t too happy about the ministry of Jesus either.
Another contrary wind was the difficulty of popularity that Jesus had.
everyone needed something.
He couldn’t get a day off.
but I believe that the most contrary of the winds facing Jesus was within his own camp.
His own disciples had such little faith,
every time Jesus wanted to demonstrate His Lordship over this world, it was his own followers that gave him the most grief.
Life is often an uphill battle!
Family life, career, school, relationships, ministry - it is all a daily, living, breathing challenge to keep things under control.
Murphy's law say's WHATEVER CAN POSSIBLY GO WRONG WILL.
at times in life that old saying almost seems true.
for example if I applied that to ministry it would be really easy to focus on contrary winds;