Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 2, 2018

“Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid.” – “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

Today’s devotion comes from Mark 6:45-52.

“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.  After bidding them farewell, He left for the mountain to pray.

When it was evening, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and He was alone on the land.  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.  But when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed that it was a ghost, and cried out;  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.”  Then He got into the boat with them, and the wind stopped;  and they were utterly astonished, for they had not gained any insight from the incident of the loaves, but their heart was hardened.”  Mark 6:45-52.

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There is hope for us!

First, if the disciples “had not gained any insight from the incident of the loaves, but their heart was hardened.” (verse 52), then we can better believe that we do not need to be the wisest or the strongest to be saved.

“For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;  but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.  But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”  1 Corinthians 1:26-31.

Second, Jesus does not just teach us.  Jesus does not just provide food for us.  Jesus does not even just calm the seas.  Jesus steps into our boat, literally and figuratively, to be with us.

Jesus assures us of His presence:  “Take courage;  it is I, do not be afraid.”

We note that the wind did not stop until Jesus got into the boat to be with them.  Although Jesus did not need to get into the boat to stop the wind, he was teaching His disciples that they could take courage, because He was with them.

In summary, we live the Christian life not based on our own wisdom and insights and strength;  but rather, we live the Christian life based on Christ’s life, Christ’s presence, and Christ’s Spirit within us.

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me;  and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.  I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”  Galatians 2:20-21.

“… for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,” so that we confidently say,

“THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID.
WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?”  Hebrews 13:5-6.

“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;  I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.”  John 17:22-23.

“that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”  Colossians 1:26-27.


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