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January
17
2021

Depending on Jesus

In life there will be those times if you are a parent or a grandparent that you will want to teach your children or grandchildren lessons but you have to wait for the right moment. I remember growing up that my parents would assign me a chore to do. They would show me how they wanted it accomplished and it was completed they would follow up by checking my work.  In life there will be those lessons that the Lord Jesus wants to teach us so that his will is done here on earth the way it is done in heaven. As you read Mark 6:30-44 Jesus receives the report of the disciples and waits for a teaching moment so that he could teach them the lesson of depending on him and giving him the glory for what they accomplished. When the disciples returned to Jesus they gave him a report of all that they had done and taught. Jesus knew that they needed to rest. One of life’s hardest lessons to be learned is that of learning to rest. Jesus leads the disciples away from the crowd to a remote place so that they can get some rest. Unfortunately the crowd notices and seeks to be where Jesus is going and the people arrive before he does to the remote place.  Jesus has compassion on the people. He comments that they are like sheep without a shepherd. Sheep without a shepherd is not a good thing because predators and other disasters would happen to the sheep and soon there would be none. The people needed teaching so he taught them many lessons. Jesus taught his disciples to have compassion for others. When we have compassion for those who are our neighbors we fulfill the law which says we should love our neighbor as ourselves. As the day turns into evening the disciples were getting hungry and knew that the crowd was getting hungry and would need something to eat. This is the teaching moment that Jesus has been waiting for.  The disciples had just told Jesus all that they had done and taught when they returned from their journey. Now Jesus is going to tell them, you give this hungry crowd something to eat. They can’t, they wanted to send them away! You see they were sent on a mission by the Lord under his authority. When they were on the mission trip they depended on him to accomplish what they were sent to do. However, when they returned they took the credit for what was accomplished. The Lord word teaches us in Isaiah 42:8 that he will not give his glory to another. The disciples robbed the Lord of his glory and now they must admit that apart from him they can do nothing. The lesson of depending on Jesus is still being taught to us today. The disciples were not above Jesus and neither are we. Are you depending on Jesus or yourself? 

 

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