Tag Archive: Mark 6

Miracles and Multitudes

“Jesus reaches a peak of popularity among the multitudes.  He amazes a crowd of over 5000 by feeding them all, using just a few loaves of bread and some fish.  Upon that demonstration they are ready to make him king, but of course they have misunderstood the nature of his kingdom.  When Jesus says that he is the true bread of life and that they must eat his flesh, many are offended and turn away.  They can accept Jesus as a popular hero who works wonders, but they are unwilling to accept the demands of discipleship.

Jesus’ condemnation of the Pharisees’ institutionalized religion, as well as his threat to their political power base, evokes their hostility.  Opposition in Judea grows to such a point that the political and religious leaders there are seeking to kill Jesus.

Despite his opposition, what is so impressive about Jesus is the extent to which he has won the hearts of the common people.  The prophets of old had also preached righteousness and brought judgment against false religious leaders, but none of them ever had the popular following of Jesus.  This Jesus is not just another prophet, but rather the Messiah about whom all the other prophets have prophesied.”

Read:  Matthew 14:14-36, Mark 6:34-56, Luke 9:11-17, John 6:2-71, Matthew 15:1-20, Mark 7:1-23, John 7:1

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Sending Out Apostles

“After his second rejection in his hometown of Nazareth, Jesus gains renewed encouragement as he is met by crowds in other parts of Galilee.  Jesus calls for those who are willing to work among the multitudes for the sake of his kingdom.  The time is especially appropriate, then, for sending out the 12 apostles on a special mission of teaching and performing miracles with the power he gives them.  He warns them that they, like all who would work in the Lord’s name, will be persecuted and will face the need for sacrifice.

Interestingly, Jesus does not appear to place particular emphasis on organization, methods of evangelism, or academic religious training.  The 12 apostles are mostly of simple education, but the power of Christ is with them.”

Read:  Matthew 9:35-38, Mark 6:6-33, Matthew 10, Luke 9:1-11, Matthew 11:1, Matthew 14:1-13, John 6:1

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Performing Miracles

“It is one thing for a man to teach what he claims is truth; it is quite another thing to demonstrate one’s authority to claim that truth.  That is why the miracles which Jesus performs are such a vital part of his ministry. 

The miracles are a means of confirming the message that the kingdom  of God is now being established with power!  God is establishing his rule through Christ, and proving it with the miraculous power which Jesus exercises over the forces of nature, over the spirit world, and over death and disease.”

Read:  Matthew 8:18-34, Luke 9:57-62, Mark 4:35-41, Luke 8:22-56, Mark 5, Matthew 9:18-34, Matthew 13:53-58, Mark 6:1-6

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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