On Sunday Pastor Sean Farver preached “Unique Courage” from Mark 6.45-56. It’s a story about Jesus that nearly everyone (including those that could care less about Jesus) knows. In this story we see Jesus walking on the water of the Sea of Galilee to meet his disciples a little after 3 a.m. during a fierce wind storm.
Imagine how frustrating this is.
It’s way past your bedtime. You’ve been rowing a boat on open water for several miles. Eventually the mood on that boat might turn to a lot of finger pointing, with some saying “it’s your turn to work” or “I need a break.”
Then in the midst of this maelstrom of exhaustion, fatigue, sleep deprivation, and emotional weariness, Jesus walks on top of the water with the intent to pass by their boat.
How did the disciples react to seeing this? Did they stop rowing and say, “Finally! Jesus Christ is here in all His power!”
The Bible says they “cried out” (verse 49) and “were terrified” (verse 50). They saw Jesus and were more terrified by His presence than anything else going on around them! After Jesus got in the boat with them, the wind stopped and they were utterly astounded. Even after all of these events unfolding, the disciples still didn’t get Jesus. They still didn’t fully understand who he was.
And we read that and think “how could they not know?! Dude’s walking on w-a-t-e-r!” It’s easy to point the finger at their hard hearts; it’s easy to point the finger at their confusion; it’s easy to point the finger at their lack of courage.
But what could be said about us 100 years from now? We, too, shrink back. We, too, need courage.
So maybe as we look at how the disciples reacted to Jesus, we can learn a thing or two about how we react to Jesus.