Monday, April 22, 2013

Crossing to the Other Side

And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

MARK 4: 35 - 41

Today's text invites all the disciples of Jesus Christ, those of the first century as well as those of the centuries that followed, to travel with their Savior to the other side of what they consider to be their sea. After a busy day of healing and teaching among the crowds, Jesus instructs his disciples to go to the other side of the lake. These verses convey rich lessons about mission, the faith of disciples, Jesus' divine authority, and the submission of natural and evil forces. 
  • Discipleship and mission. Gentiles inhabit the eastern side of the lake. Jesus takes his disciples to bring the good news of God's kingdom to these people. To be disciples of Jesus Christ requires a readiness to embark on unfa­miliar, new ground every time the Lord sends us. 
  • Discipleship and the faith of disciples. Facing the danger of a furious squall, the disciples grow fearful. They waken Jesus from his deserved rest, implying his indifference to their situation: "Teacher, don't you care if we drown!" (RSV). For those disciples and for us today, it is one thing to remember that Jesus is in our midst; it is another to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, the mas­ter of all circumstances.
  • Discipleship and Jesus' authority. By divine power Jesus rebukes the winds and waves in the same way he has rebuked evil spirits in people. Agitation, violence, and disorder may signal a lack of authentic and true author­ity. But where Christ is acknowledged as alive in the midst of his disciples, there is hope for silence and authentic peace. 
Lord, we thank you for bringing us together as delegates from across the world. Be present in our midst in our times. Strengthen our faith that we may make disciples for the transformation of our troubled world. Amen.\

-David K. Yemba, Embark, Dakotas Ann Conf.

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