Flip Flop – Jesus Walks On Water
Scripture Reference: Mark 6:45-52
This a series entitled “Flip Flop.” One of the trends in America right now is flipping houses. Where someone has the ability to look at a place that looks trashed and needs to be torn down and make it into something desirable.
Jesus does the same thing throughout the scriptures. He takes what looks like a Flop of a situation and Flips it.
The impact of this series is for us to see those people and situations around us with the eyes of faith to “Flip It”!
There is something that happens when you “Flip It”. You move out of Theology (Knowledge) and get you into Authority (Experience).
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.
The Awkwardness vs. Reality that Jesus is really enough
Jesus had a plan all along. He knew what was to happen and how to handle it all. Even going back to the top of chapter 6 Jesus was giving the disciples the tools they needed to live by faith.
- Jesus rejected at Nazareth – Disciples witnessed Jesus healing sick people
- Jesus sends out the 12 apostles – Jesus sends the 12 out in authority to do as he did
- The death of John the Baptist – They show honor to a man who severed well
- Jesus feeds the five thousand – Jesus reminds them of their authority
Then we get to the Sea of Galilee.
Then Jesus sends the disciples to the boat to get away. We are told in verse 31 that these guys went to a desolate place. No one was supposed to be there. No one was supposed to need anything. Instead people followed them by foot. Jesus knew the disciples needed a refreshing and needed a quick getaway.
Then Jesus stayed to keep the people’s attention. He took on the extra demands, nagging, pulling, pushing, stress of five thousand people. As the disciples shove off Jesus is mustering up more energy to tell everyone good bye and satisfy any last-minute needs. After all they had preformed several miracles, followed by crowds, traveled around 90 miles to get John the Baptist’s body, travel back 90 miles to tell Jesus what all they did, rowed 8 miles across the Sea of Galilee in hopes of being somewhere no one should be to get rest.
The disciples look back and see a man who wanted more for them than he wanted for himself. They see people taking and wondering how their need will be met. They see no one there to help Jesus.
Jesus took our burdens, our stress, our health, our faithlessness, our brokenness when He died on the cross. He gave us determination, faithfulness, complete health, peace when He rose from the grave. So often we flop when we hold on to what He took rather than what He gave us.
It was awkward for the disciples to leave Jesus, but they also knew they could depend on Him to find them. They could depend on Him to take their burden and find rest. It was now their time to be alone in the middle of the sea.
During our home remodel things got crazy and then crazier. We were on a time crunch with a loan than was running out and needed to converted. We had a contractor that would show up and then sometimes not show up. Every day that I wasn’t working I was at the house doing something. I scraped most of the ceilings, I was cleaning things that had been neglected, I was researching to find the right products, I was looking online to get ideas so I had the next decision made before I was asked, I was doing all I could do in my own power. For what I could not do in my own power I was relying on a contractor. Trusting him to do the work I couldn’t. Until he didn’t show up, until he didn’t answer his phone, until I had no more time and the house needed to be finished to do an inspection. Everything fell apart, my stress was through the roof and my emotions were all over the place. I’m calling Joel not knowing what to do because I had trusted someone I didn’t know. Then I sent a text to a friend. As much as I didn’t want to interrupt his day or be the girl overacting in the moment. I asked him if he knew of anyone that could come finish what was started and it shouldn’t take but a few hours. With the exchange of some texts and passing time. My friend shows up in my driveway with a crew.
It was awkward for me to send that text, it was awkward to ask for help but it would have been more awkward to have not asked at all. The difference with the contractor and my friend was a relationship. The disciples had a relationship with Jesus. Their mutual understanding of friendship and family. It may have been awkward to have left Him alone with the thousands but they knew they could trust Him. They knew Jesus would find them on the other side. They knew He was up for the task to move the masses. They knew each other.
The View - Chose to see life through Jesus’ eyes
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,
It was now Jesus’ time of refreshing. He went up on the mountain to pray. I’ve found myself drowning in the stress of the day before I realize I needed to pray. Two things can happen:
- The Lord changes your attitude– brings scriptures to mind, releases peace, reminds you to repent
- The Lord changes your surroundings – Someone brings you a gift, you receive a timely message from a friend or acquaintance, favor of things working together
God doesn’t physically change a person from being mean to you to nice. If He did, He wouldn’t be a loving God forcing us to act a certain way. Our struggles or storms can normally be changed and life altered by our thoughts but it takes having a relationship with God, it takes praying, it takes reading the Word.
I remember early on in our marriage I was so into the show Friends. I loved watching it, I loved that I didn’t have this horrible empty feeling after watching it (unless it was one that made me cry), I loved that it was relatable, I loved that it made me laugh and I watched it all the time. It was my go to show if nothing was on. I watched it so much that I could relate any life situation to the show. I literally was making statements like this is what Rachael and Ross did in such and such show. When I got a look from Joel I realized he didn’t care or that he wasn’t interested in what Rachael and Ross did. It was happening in my head more than I was speaking aloud and my thoughts were consumed. It’s not that I processed life based on the show, but I was repetitiously watching shows over and over. They were becoming memorized.
Whatever you allow to consume your time will consume your thoughts and your speech. Intentionally or unintentionally you will make life decisions based on those thoughts.
9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ
So you can compare your life against the scriptures to make the best decision.
The disciples are getting into a sticky situation. Jesus has gone to pray and while praying He realizes they are working hard but it’s only evening. Jesus must have lost track of time because we go from evening to the fourth watch in a split second. We go from dusk to 3 am. The disciples are in the middle of a wind storm in a boat that’s about 27 feet long, 7.5 feet wide and 4 foot tall and can hold 12-15 people. Waves in the Sea of Galilee can get as high as 6-10 feet.
The boat is crowded, they are taking in water more than likely, they are getting blisters on their hands from rowing, they are tired and possibly hungry. Every fleshly attack is coming against them to affect their attitude. When your attitude gets effected then your feelings start to show.
Everything had already been made clear to the disciples through the past events they walked through that Jesus can show up. Jesus can change a situation in an instance, but they forgot they were given authority in Nazareth over the unclean spirits. The spirit of fear was all over them. We so often want to call out someone’s fault or spirit that’s attached to them before we see ourselves. Philippians 1:9-10 is about me, myself and I. So that I would become more knowledgeable with discernment to do what is good. In easy terms, read the Word so you know right from wrong and make good choices.
Around 3 am Jesus walks up to the disciples and he intended to walk right past them. Jesus’ knew that they contained the authority to stop the wind. Being all knowing that He is He knew they weren’t doing well. He knew what they were going through but maybe just maybe seeing Him might change their view.
Their view had changed. They could see the storm. They could see the fisherman fishing at night around them, not helping them. They could feel the waves hitting their body. They could feel how tired they were. Their view was about themselves and not who they represent.
Seeing Jesus should have quickened them to remember what authority they walk with. Instead, they relied on the view around them.
What Leftovers? Expect the authority in you to change everything.
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.
The disciples had forgotten even what happened earlier that day. Five thousand people were fed and there was so much left over it filled 12 baskets. In John it states that Jesus told the disciples to pick up all the leftovers. For all the teachers in the room this was the prime example of interaction learning. What better way to learn than to use your hands? On top of it they were learning visually what Jesus did after they saw 12 baskets were full and everyone was full. By all means, they should have remembered what had happened a few hours ago but they didn’t recognize Jesus.
I would hope that their walk with Jesus was personal and not just a job. I would hope that they didn’t listen to those that talked about Jesus as if He was just Joseph’s son. I would hope that they didn’t become so familiar with Jesus that they only expected Him to show up where they expected Him to.
Jesus didn’t have to speak to the storm for it to stop. He only asked the disciples to stop being afraid.
For you it might not feel awkward to realize you had been wrong but it was for me. The hail storm that was a few days ago was an enlighten moment for me. I had just gotten in bed and my phone went off that there was a tornado warning and to seek shelter. I decided to not wake the kids and let Joel sleep. I raise the garage door to listen and see what was happening but I was remembering the hail storm just earlier that day in Frisco with windows busted out of cars. The jeep was in the garage with the top off but I had enough room to pull the jeep forward and bring my car in so at least the windshield was covered. I go grab keys and proceed to move them around. I move the jeep and then my car. At that moment I realized I let fear dictate my choices. I was more afraid of the storm than being confident in my authority. I felt terrible that I just didn’t speak to the storm and I asked God to forgive me. I had dismissed Him and was trying to solve my own problem. I felt awkward and a bit silly that I did all that moving instead of just speaking. We only had some pea sized hail for a few seconds and both are cars are fine. I don’t believe that to be luck or coincidence but I do believe in God’s protection and the authority He has given me.
It’s time to stop being afraid and change your view. Ask God to forgive you for allowing your surroundings to dictate how you feel instead of His Word. Ask Him to call to your remembrance scriptures that will speak life into your storm.
You can have a storm or you can have rain with a little wind. A storm will make a mess but rain with a little wind cleanses. It all depends how you describe it. Let God’s Word flip your fear into an authoritative confidence. With Him it is possible.
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