From Pastor Perry

“Mark 6:53–56 (ESV)
Jesus Heals the Sick in Gennesaret
53 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored to the shore. 54 And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized him 55 and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.

I remember watching Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and one of my favorite parts was the “Bring out your dead” scene.  Almost like garbage, people in the village are bringing out the dead bodies in their houses and laying them in the street.  Much like a garbage truck coming down the street, the garbage man comes pushing a wheel barrow and collecting the dead bodies.  He was crying “bring out your dead”.  It is sick humor... but that is Monty Python.  One of the so called  dead bodies responds “I’m not dead!"  Well the garbage man kills him.   This is not funny unless you see it... and like Monty Python.  Never-the-less, people are bringing the sick out into the streets, because they have heard that Jesus is coming.  They are hoping that he will heal them or perhaps they can touch the “fringe of his garment.”   Well, many were healed by touching.  To be honest, it was becoming more of a freak show and people were missing the message.  Jesus can heal a person, or even raise the dead... but they will still die.  It’s not permanent.  However his message does bring “eternal life.”   His message is far more important than the miracles.

I pray: O Lord, it is easy for people to miss the point of Jesus ministry.  Often people want to use the Lord for material possessions or for healing.  They only want what perishes and miss out on eternal life.  Help us to reach out with a clear message of repentance of sins and receiving the forgiveness of sins won by our resurrected Lord.  I pray for the Holy Spirit to work the seeds of faith that have been planted.  Amen.

Mark 6:45–52 (ESV)
Jesus Walks on the Water
45 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. 47 And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48 And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, 50 for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 51 And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52 for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

Jesus needed to be alone, so he sends his guys off by boat.  They had been out to sea for a while and the wind had picked up.  It was a battle through the night with the wind, but around 3-6 AM in the morning, here comes Jesus walking on the water.  This would have freaked me out because we don’t walk on water.  This is not natural!  I sink.  And I think that is a good thing.  It would be hard to take a bath or go swimming if we walked on water.  Now being a lifeguard would be easy because no one could drown.  But what Jesus did was supernatural.  He walked on water.  And rightfully so, they were terrified.  It is comforting to know that when we are terrified, Jesus is saying “Take heart; it is I.   Do not be afraid.”  When he gets in the boat, another supernatural things happens, the wind ceased.  Who is this Jesus?  He is the Son of God, the Risen Lord!

I pray: O Lord, I turn to you when I’m scared or terrified and you calm me.  Life is full of storms and you are there to help me get through them safely.  Thank you Lord.  Amen.

Mark 6:30–44 (ESV)
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
30 The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. 35 And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. 36 Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 37 But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” 38 And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” 39 Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. 41 And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. 42 And they all ate and were satisfied. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44 And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.

The twelve apostles returned from their evangelism tour and are wanting to update Jesus.  Jesus wants them to get away and take a break.   It is important for all of us to take a break from our weekly duties.  This is why the Lord has created the Sabbath, a day of rest.  But the people saw them and they crowd around them.  They were like sheep without a shepherd.  Jesus begins teaching them, but it is getting late in the day.  The people are hungry and we are about to experience the feeding of 5,000 from a Happy Meal.  Well, Happy Meal may not be the right name for the meal, but all they had were five loaves of bread and two fish.  Jesus blesses the food and begins dividing it.  The pieces end up feeding 5,000 and they have 12 baskets left over.  Now, these loaves and two fish could have been really HUGE, but let’s be realistic.  Fish that big would not be a persons lunch.   What we see is a miracle where Jesus provides for all.  This is a miracle.  I would imagine that none of the 5,000 ever forgot this miracle.  Jesus is the miracle maker, but more importantly... He is the Savior of the World.

I pray: O Lord, help me to place a higher value on your message and teachings than on your miracles.  It is your Word that bring Salvation to the lost.  Help me to cling to your messages and teachings.  Amen.

Mark 6:14–29 (ESV)
The Death of John the Baptist
14 King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some said, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead. That is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” 15 But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” 16 But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” 17 For it was Herod who had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because he had married her. 18 For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19 And Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death. But she could not, 20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly.
21 But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his nobles and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22 For when Herodias’s daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests. And the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it to you.” 23 And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.” 24 And she went out and said to her mother, “For what should I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.” 25 And she came in immediately with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26 And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. 27 And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison 28 and brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. 29 When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

There is something about beheading someone that is very raw and evil.  We hear about John the Baptist’s death, where Herodias plans to have John killed.  Herod made a mistake when he told Herodias’s daughter “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.”  Herod put himself in a bad position and it cost John his life.  We have had several beheadings in the news lately and it has rattled us all.  I’m sure John’s death was a reminder to Jesus as to what his future holds.  John was faithful unto death.  Jesus also was faithful unto death.  We to are to be faithful unto death.

I pray: O Lord, help me to be stand firm in my faith and to be faithful unto death.  Almost all of the Apostles died from persecution, yet the remain models to be imitated.  Let me not fear death, but to trust your promised of eternal life.  Amen.

Mark 6:14–29 (ESV)
The Death of John the Baptist
14 King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some said, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead. That is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” 15 But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” 16 But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” 17 For it was Herod who had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because he had married her. 18 For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19 And Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death. But she could not, 20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly.
21 But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his nobles and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22 For when Herodias’s daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests. And the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it to you.” 23 And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.” 24 And she went out and said to her mother, “For what should I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.” 25 And she came in immediately with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26 And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. 27 And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison 28 and brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. 29 When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

There is something about beheading someone that is very raw and evil.  We hear about John the Baptist’s death, where Herodias plans to have John killed.  Herod made a mistake when he told Herodias’s daughter “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.”  Herod put himself in a bad position and it cost John his life.  We have had several beheadings in the news lately and it has rattled us all.  I’m sure John’s death was a reminder to Jesus as to what his future holds.  John was faithful unto death.  Jesus also was faithful unto death.  We to are to be faithful unto death.

I pray: O Lord, help me to be stand firm in my faith and to be faithful unto death.  Almost all of the Apostles died from persecution, yet the remain models to be imitated.  Let me not fear death, but to trust your promised of eternal life.  Amen.

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05.03 | 22:15

Pastor. since I did not get to attend church today, I read your blog and found it
to be so informative for Ash Wednesday. Thanks for your comments.

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Amen+

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Happy Thanksgiving

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