Devotion Day 71 - through the Bible in 90 days

Next reading: Day 71 – Matthew 26:57 – Mark 9:13

Early in our readings from Mark we hear God saying; “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:11b) and then towards the end of today’s readings we hear God saying, “This is my Son, whom I love, listen to him.” (Mark 9:7c) The first is spoken to Jesus, the second is spoken to his disciples and all of us. Both are affirmations from God as to whom this one named Jesus really is. Both call for us to have deep faith in him who was sent by God to be our Savior and Lord.

One of the other passages that stood out to me today is; Mark 4:35-41.

35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

What struck me about this passage was the disciples being fearful that they were going to die at sea and then terrified by the power that Jesus had to calm the storm. Jesus’ frustration with them was that he had demonstrated his power to provide for them. He had healed many and yet they didn’t have faith that he would save them, protect them from the storm.

It took the disciples a long time, Jesus’ entire lifetime and even beyond for them to really comprehend who this one named Jesus really was. In fact, it wasn’t until after his crucifixion and resurrection that they really did understand.

Friends we are called to believe and trust in this one who was and is God’s Son. God said unto the disciples and now unto us; “This is my Son, whom I love, listen unto Him.”; may we dedicate our lives to following him and listening unto him.

O Lord, we love the old, old stories; but may they not be just stories from the past may they be our stories of today as we trust in thee and seek to know thee better and better each and every day. As You said often at the end of your parables, may we who have ears, hear. Amen.

Next Reading; Day 72 – Mark 9:14 – Luke 1:80 (Today I’ll probably finish Mark and save the first part of Luke for tomorrow.)

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