Gerry & Julie Gutierrez' Update
Where is the Real Work according to Jesus' example?
March 31, 2015
“Once the Job is done in one place it is time to Retire to do the real work”
“Jesus went to a lonely place to Pray, meditation and encouragement”
Jesus Walks on the Water
22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them.25 And early in the morning he came walking towards them on the lake. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified, saying, ‘It is a ghost!’ And they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’
After the feeding of the Five thousand:
When in fear you need the encouraging presence and words of the Lord saying “Take courage. It is I; do not be afraid”. The problem of the Church today is being buffeted by attacks plus the absence of Jesus causes fear. The solution of that problem is Jesus in us as the hope of Glory. For Jesus discipleship is “To be with them”. Therefore, Faith in Jesus plus praying to Jesus equal power at his word who said “I will be with you always to the end of the ages” Believe!
- Jesus moves immediately from the many to time alone and onto the few.
- Jesus moves away from a crowd of full stomach and empty head people.
- Jesus’ real work is not among the crowd but among the few disciples.
- Jesus dismisses the crowd to focus in his disciples whom he chose.
- Jesus seeks time alone by himself to pray and spend time with his Father.
- Jesus comes to help his little “Church” that is being buffeted by the waves.
- Jesus lived a supernatural life in a natural way; “Walking on the water.”
- Jesus’ disciples are always full of fears when they are alone without Jesus.
- Jesus’ disciples confuse the visible for the invisible by saying “It’s a ghost”
- Jesus’ disciples cry out in “wet prayer” and that is okay when you are afraid.
- Jesus responds to “wet prayers” immediately by speaking to his disciples.
March 31, 15 First Thought Series Ga.