Jesus in three different boats
Reading: Mark 4: 35-41; 6: 45-52; 8: 14-21
Blanks: sleeping, faith, obey, Watch, understand, understand
Jesus wanted his students to understand that God loves them.
God sent Jesus the Son of God to them, because God loves them.
If they understand that, they may live boldly, because God is for them.
They may not be afraid of anything.
They may not fear of anything, because God who is in control loves them.
Then they may follow Jesus without fear.
They may trust in Jesus.
Now in the gospel of Mark we see three different boat rides that Jesus had with his students.
Let’s see what happened in those boats so that we may learn more about Jesus.
One time, Jesus and his disciples were in the boat: Mark 4:35-41.
It was evening.
A huge storm came up.
And the waves were poured into the boat.
So, they thought that they would sink.
But Jesus was sleeping on the boat.
So they woke him up and said to him:
“Teacher, do you not care that we are about to die?”
Jesus got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves:
Then the wind died down and the waves became completely calm.
Then Jesus said something like this:
“Why are you so full of fear?
Why are you afraid when you are with me?
Don’t you know who I am?
Do you have no faith in me?
I am God who loves you.
Jesus wanted them to understand that God who created the wind and the waves was with them.
Jesus was trying to help them understand that Jesus is God who loves them.
But they could not understand that at this time.
So, they were like:
“Who is this man?
Even the wind and the waves listen to him!”
(1) In another time, it was right after Jesus miraculously multiplied foods and fed more than five thousand people.
After that Jesus asked his students to go to the other side of the lake.
So they were again in the boat: Mark 6:45-52.
But Jesus went up to a mountain and prayed alone.
Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake.
The wind was against them again.
They thought that they were in trouble again.
So, they worked hard and rowed the boat very hard.
Then about three o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them, walking on the sea.
Then the disciples screamed thinking they saw a ghost.
But Jesus said to them:
Don’t be afraid.”
Then again he got into the boat.
Then the wind died down.
But they didn’t understand who Jesus is.
So, Jesus performed more miracles to help them understand that Jesus is God who loves them.
So, again Jesus taught people and miraculously multiplied foods again and fed more than four thousand people.
(2) Then later, Jesus and his students were in another boat to go to the other side: Mark 8:14-21.
On the boat, Jesus said to them:
Watch out for the yeast of the proud religious law-keepers and of Herod.”
(3) What is yeast?
(3-4) What happens if you add this yeast when you make a bread?
Jesus was asking them not to add stuff to God’s words, not to twist the original meaning of what God says.
Like this, Jesus was talking about spiritual matters.
But the disciples didn’t understand.
So, they were like:
“Jesus is talking about bread, because we forgot to bring our lunch.
We forgot to bring our bread.”
But Jesus was like:
“No, it is not about bread or lunch.
Don’t you understand this?
Don’t you remember?
After I fed more than five thousand people with five loaves of bread, how many baskets were you able to fill with the leftovers?”
“We filled twelve baskets.”
“And then, after I fed more than four thousand people with seven loaves of bread, how many baskets were you able to fill with the leftovers?”
“We filled seven baskets.”
Then Jesus was like:
“Don’t you understand?”
Maybe Jesus wanted to say something like this:
“See, I can multiply food and create food.
I am God.
I can do those things.
So, I don’t worry about food.
What I am telling you is that in this world some people will try to twist my teaching to push their agenda and serve their purpose.
They may add stuff into my teaching.
Then they may ask you to rethink about Jesus.
They may add wrong opinions about me.
So, I am saying: watch out for this.
And don’t mix them with my teaching.”
As for Jesus, it is very important how we understand him.
If we understand him, we will live differently.
So, Jesus tries to help us understand who he is.
Jesus tries to help us understand that Jesus is God who loves us.
Jesus tries to help us maintain this faith without compromising it.
Jesus hopes that we understand and find peace in Jesus.
Then we may even live proclaiming that Jesus is God who loves everyone.
Jesus, help us to understand who you are.
Help us to live understanding you are God who loves us.
So, may we live humbly and patiently according to your teaching.
In Jesus’ name, we pray.