The King’s Terrifying Love
Mark 6:45-52 NASB
45 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side to Bethsaida, while He Himself was sending the crowd away.46 After bidding them farewell, He left for the mountain to pray.
47 When it was evening, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and He was alone on the land. 48 Seeing them straining at the oars, for the wind was against them, at about the fourth watch of the night He *came to them, walking on the sea; and He intended to pass by them. 49 But when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed that it was a ghost, and cried out; 50 for they all saw Him and were terrified. But immediately He spoke with them and *said to them, “Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid.” 51 Then He got into the boat with them, and the wind stopped; and they were utterly astonished, 52 for they had not gained any insight from the incident of the loaves, but their heart was hardened.
- Love Protects 6:45
- Love is Purposeful 6:46-47
- Love is Progressive 6:48
- Love is Patient 6:49-52
- Why were the disciples in the middle of the storm, in the middle of the sea at night? Have you ever sought to obey Jesus only to find yourself in trouble and difficulty? How do you respond?
- Is it encouraging for you to see those closest to Jesus struggling to understand who He really is?
- What does your heart do with the statement, “Jesus loves me right where I’m at, and he has no intention of leaving me there.”?
- What is your understanding of justification, sanctification, and glorification? Why do we tend to jump from justification to glorification and leave out sanctification? Why is daily sanctification so difficult?
- In what ways has your heart been hardened toward Jesus after all He has shown you?