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Listen to this inspiring message from Joel Fincher. Walking on water, or stepping on Rocks?
Who is Jesus? This is the fundamental question that we must all ask because Jesus defines who we are. The crowds in Jesus's time were forced to ask this question. Would they follow Jesus or crucify Him? The Gospel stops us dead in our tracks and takes God's enemies and makes them family.
The Essence - Mission Accomplished! The insight to remember - Jesus endured burning thirst to provide “living water” for you. The practical challenge - God’s Word can be trusted. The insight to remember - Jesus endured complete bankruptcy to provide “spiritual prosperity” for you. The practical challenge - God’s provision can be rested in.
The reactions people have to Jesus are varied and often polarized. This message looks at how Jesus deals with each of us differently but in every case is seeking to move us off the "comfortable middle" to be either hot or cold in relationship to Him. It also asks the question, "What thirst am I aware of in my life/soul currently that Jesus is offering himself to satisfy as the Water of Life?"
This Sunday we learned how the word of God is like refreshing water to our bodies. This water from God needs to penetrate past our flesh, bones, soul, and into our spirits. Without this water, our spirit is not fed, and we are more that likely to burn out.
Like the Israelites who questioned God's faithfulness when they were thirsty in the desert, we often question God's faithfulness to us when we are in crisis. And, just as God was faithful to them, he is faithful to us. God is always faithful to his Word, and he always keeps his promises. However, he doesn't promise to rescue us, as we often expect him to.
Introduction. Jesus sends them away. Let me read the first two verses again and this time listen very closely to hear the strong note of danger in the text. Mark 6:45-52 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. Jesus had performed one of His greatest miracles. He fed somewhere between five and fifteen thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish. As I said last week that miracle was the most public of all Jesus’ miracles and maybe of all of the other miracles put together. It was huge, very impressive, a huge attention getter and a praise getter. What did Jesus do after the miracle? He immediately made the disciples go away in a boat (the word made means compelled or forced). The sense here is that the disciples didn’t want to go, it’s late, they were in a deserted place and they didn’t want to leave Jesus by Himself. But Jesus prevailed and sent them away. Then He quickly dismissed the huge crowd. The disciples are immediately sent that way, the crowd is sent the other way and Jesus headed for the hills to spend several hours in prayer. What’s going on here? John gives us the answer in his telling of this story: