Friday, March 26, 2021

Mark 6:46 Scripture Meditation by Stephen Taylor

Mark 6:30,31

The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told Him all they had done and taught. Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.


Do you ever get so busy you forget to eat? Or feel like you’re going from one thing right into another? Like there aren’t enough hours in the day for all you need to accomplish? Or maybe you're like me, and you feel guilty or selfish sometimes for saying no to things. I’m sure the disciples were excited about all they had done and eager to serve some more, but I’m willing to bet they were a bit exhausted and drained. I can totally relate to that, plenty of places to go but no gas in the tank.


I love Jesus’ response to this. It isn’t, “Suck it up, we have things to do,” but rather, “Let’s go together and enjoy some quiet time with one another!” What a beautiful, compassionate, understanding Savior we have! He knows that we need that personal quiet time with Him, that the rest we receive in Him and with Him is crucial in our walks. He doesn’t punish them for being human but rather meets them right where they are, and today, He is saying the same thing to us.


He is asking, but will you go? He is saying, “Come away with Me from the phone, from the worries of work, the demands of ministry, the fast-paced life we live, and spend some intimate, quiet time with Me, and I will give you rest! Then once you're recharged, get back out there and let your light shine for your Father’s glory!”


Matthew 11:28-30 - “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”


Matthew 5:14-16 - “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”


God bless! I love you all, but He loves you more. Glory, honor, and praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ our King, and the Holy Spirit!


Mark 6:46

“After telling everyone good-bye, He went up into the hills by himself to pray.”

This is one of those verses that may not seem like it’s that important, but to me, it shows the heart of Christ! This verse comes right after the feeding of the 5000. The Holy Spirit brought to mind that Jesus doesn’t take the food to each person; He has his disciples do it, yet He hangs out to tell them all goodbye. Why? 

The answer, I believe, is the Heart of Jesus. He wasn’t concerned with getting the recognition or approval of the crowd. He wanted to feed their souls more than their bellies and knew that taking the time to meet with them all individually would do that! Imagine going into a homeless shelter, where people haven’t eaten in a while, to serve food and preach the Gospel. You better serve that food before you start to share who Jesus is because they probably won’t be able to concentrate over the growl in their stomachs.

I think it’s the same thing here. Jesus knew that what He had to offer them was bigger than any meal this world had to offer, and He wanted to make sure there were no distractions! He goes the extra mile yet again because He knows our flesh is weak and He has the only answer for that! There were 5000 men, not counting women and children, and Jesus made sure everyone got to see Him before they left! He told them all goodbye, not just His favorites or the ones He knew would follow Him for real but everyone, and we as His disciples need to do the same and follow His example!

To me, the biggest miracle here isn’t how many people He fed with earthly food but His heart behind it and the Spiritual food He gave them as they left! Then, He prayed, and I’m willing to bet each one of those people He just met were in that prayer to His Father!

John 13:15: I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.

I love you all! God bless and Glory, Honor, and Praise forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit!!!!




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