Mark 4

Vs. 1, “Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge.”  They say when you speak off of water, your voice carries easier.  Question: Why did Jesus speak in parables?  Story telling is powerful and through parables, Jesus would be able to share truth, yet avoid too much controversy.  It was a perfect way to touch hearts who honestly wanted to know him and confuse hearts that had no desire.  We are reminded of the parable of the sower (vs. 1-20) and the importance of the condition of our hearts.  Additionally, the “lamp on the stand” reminds us taking His truth and sharing it for the world to see.  Our goal is to be obedient to plant God’s word and be faithful in prayer and service (vs. 26-29).

 

Regarding application…Jesus Cares.  Vs. 38, “Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”  Question: I wonder how many times we have asked Jesus the same question(s): Don’ you care about me?  I thought you loved me?  Why is this happening?  And Jesus replied to them and to us, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Jesus is basically reminding them, of course I care for you.  In big situations and in small situations, Jesus cares about what is going on in our lives.  Yes, even when we are suffering…Jesus is there and He cares.  None of us are immune to the storms of this sinful world, but this storm is momentary when compared to eternity!  Keep your head up and turn to Jesus who can calm any storm of today!