Mark 4:36 – And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.
We often hear sermons from a particular passage, sermons we may have heard many times. Though likely delivered with good intentions, too often they are mere a repetition of things they have heard someone else say that evoked some response that are repeated to get a similar response. I have heard that happen from this passage. But today, let’s see what the Bible says. What we see in our Text for Today is a powerful issue of trust. Jesus trusted those He called to be around Him. Look closely.
Who sent the multitude away? It wasn’t Jesus. “They [the disciples] sent away the multitude.” Jesus’ disciples were not simply a bunch of followers. Each day they spent with Jesus they became a better trained team of leaders. They knew what needed to be done when Jesus had finished His teaching. He had ministered to the crowd all day. There can be no doubt He was tired, and if we look closely at what the next statement says, His physical weariness (NOT spiritual) was extreme. Look at the next sentence.
“…they took Him even as He was in the ship.” Do you see it? Who “took Him even as He was in the ship?” Once again, it was His disciples to “took Him even as He was in the ship.” If these words mean anything, they paint a picture of Jesus, having finished His ministry for the day, had gone into one of the ships, and simply laid down to rest, and apparently had fallen asleep. So when “they had sent away the multitude,” they “took Him even as He was in the ship.”
In both instances, His disciples were so trusted by Him that when He had finished His part of the ministry that day, He was at such peach in that trust, that He simply laid down and went to sleep. From that imagery, I have three questions for you. First, when you have finished your work for each day, can you simply lay down and go to sleep with a trust in Holy Spirit so great that you have perfect peace? If we love His Word, should we not have perfect peace? And secondly, can He trust you so much that He can release whatever work of the kingdom needs to be done into your hands? No, He won’t be sleeping, but the question remains, “Can He trust you?” And third, can we trust one another? The speed with which the work of the kingdom is done in power is based on trust at these three levels. Selah!
Manna for Today – Mark 4:35-41; Joshua 1:6-9; Isaiah 55:8-13; Matthew 24:35; Hebrews 1:3