This verse is just one of 23 verses that we’ll study this week at LifePoint from our passage Mark 6:30-52.
And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea…
This verse is the incarnation of Jesus in a nutshell. The context is just after the feeding of the 5,000 in Mark 6. The disciples are told to go ahead of Jesus to Bethsaida, on the other side of the lake. Jesus stays back to dismiss the considerable crowd, after which he goes up on a hillside to pray. As night dawns, he can see the disciples out on the lake from his vantage point up on the hill, and “he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them.”
So what does he do?
He descends down the hill and walks on the water. He came to them.
What happens when he comes near them? They see him, and they are afraid. Or as one of those in the boat would write years later:
He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. (John 1:10-11)
What does Jesus say when he approaches the boat? And what happens when he gets into it?
…”Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid…” And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased.
This is the incarnation in a nutshell.
He saw us, He descended to us, He spoke peace, and when He gets into the boat the wind ceases.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah