Incarnation in a Nutshell

This verse is just one of 23 verses that we’ll study this week at LifePoint from our passage Mark 6:30-52.

Mark 6:48:

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

[Psalm 46:1-11]

About Pastor Andrew

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Carissa, Daddy to four daughters, Lead Pastor at LifePoint Church in Vancouver, WA.
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3 Responses to Incarnation in a Nutshell

  1. Demetrius Rogers says:

    Beautiful! Love how ya captured that.

  2. Katie Clarensau says:

    Thanks for this! Missed being with my LP family this morning.

  3. Sarah Oancea says:

    I love that Christ encouraged first, identified Himself second and then brought about the desired result, peace. I love the fact that though he would have passed them (we don’t know what he originally had planned), when seeing their hearts filled with fear, ignorant of who He is, He wasn’t resentful; He encouraged, got in the boat and then fixed the situation. I love that my God never ceases to meet me where I am and is continually patient with me, yet gently presses me forward.

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