TRUST: If You Recognized Jesus, You’d Run to Him.


In our society, athletes have a vaunted position. They are well-known and are recognized by people everywhere. People walk up to them asking for autographs. Many would love to be in their inner circle just to be close to someone who is rich and famous. It is a sad commentary on how mankind values human life. If you are not praised for some position or prosperity, you are easily overlooked by the masses. That mindset connects with what we see in Mark 6TRUST: If You Recognized Jesus, You’d Run to Him.

Mark 6

45 Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.

47 Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. 48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them,49 but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 50 because they all saw him and were terrified.

Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, 52 for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.

53 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there.54 As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus. 55 They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.

From the previous passages, we learned TRUST: Miracle after Miracle after Miracle. Jesus had performed miracle after miracle. If not for only the healing power, people wanted access to Jesus. The followed Him time after time once they saw His ability to hear or provide. It makes me question where are people’s interest in Jesus today. Are they not seeing His healings? Are they not experiencing His provision? It leads me to say TRUST: If You Recognized Jesus, You’d Run to Him.

In the passage above, Jesus could not even step foot on the ground before people recognized Him. Here, recognize is to perceive or know by sight, hearing, of certain signs, to perceive who a person is. They knew that Jesus had healed and could heal them or ones that they knew. They knew that Jesus had provided for 5,000 plus people from five loaves and two fish with twelve baskets left over after everyone was satisfied. They recognized Jesus and ran to Jesus. Hear the Word of the Lord. “54 As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus. 55 They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. ” TRUST: If You Recognized Jesus, You’d Run to Him.

It begs me to ask of myself to I recognize Jesus? Do I know who He is? Why aren’t I running to Him about my children’s welfare, marriage, hip, refinancing my home, my friends challenges and aspirations, parents health, next school year. Like the disciples who witnessed Him feeding the 5,000 people, my heart is hardened. The Greek word for harden in verse 52 is pōroō (pō-ro’-ō). It means to grow hard, callous, become dull, lose the power of understanding. It is to render stupid or blind our understanding. TRUST: If You Recognized Jesus, You’d Run to Him.

Open God’s Word. Ask God to open your eyes, ears, heart and mind to who Jesus is and what Jesus can do. Then read for I TRUST: If You Recognized Jesus, You’d Run to Him.

I have read that “With this description of the healing ministry of Jesus, Mark concludes a brief section where we see the power of Jesus over the laws of nature. Normally, five thousand are not fed by one small lunch. Normally, men don’t walk on water. Normally, the sick are not instantly healed. None of this is normal, except by the power of God. If Jesus had this kind of great power then, does He not have the same power now? Is your idea of God too small?”

 

 

 

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