Lesson 185-May 19, 2019
Lesson: “Eyes on the Mission”
Scripture: Mark 6:45-46
Lesson Goal: To better understand Jesus’ popularity did not take Him away from His mission.
Please begin today’s lesson by reading the accounts of this passage as presented by Mark, Matthew, and John,
Mark 6:45-52, Matthew 14:22-33, and John 6:15-22.
Upon the reading of each of these what was one very clear exclusion found in Mark and John?
Understanding that each writer, writes under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (that being stated), what might have been reasons or causes for the exclusion by Mark and John?
Mark 6:45: Immediately He (Jesus) made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while He sent the multitude away.
“Immediately”-”straightway”-”at once” Mark does not tell us the reason for Jesus’ quick action in regards to the disciples immediate departure but John adds a detail to help us. “Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, ‘This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.’” (John 6:14) Jesus under- stood that the people wanted to declare Him a political and military leader. “Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were to come and take Him by force to make Him King, He departed again to the mountain by Him- self alone.” (John 6:15)
Question: Why did the people want to make Jesus a political/military King?
I want to direct your attention to a Scriptural truth with great theological significance. Please keep in mind the context of the “feeding of the Five Thousand, “ also keep in mind the insight shared by John concerning these people who wished to make Jesus a political/military Messiah. At this point Jesus’ ministry is at the “high wa- ter mark in popularity with the Galilean people.” Hobbs But according to John it is only a short while (next day) that many of the same crowd that had eaten the loaves and fishes leave Christ on learning that He is the Bread of Life and not a Political Messiah.” Robertson
Question: What does it mean “to want to accept Christ on ones own terms?”
Question: How are we still doing this today?
Question: Do we want to follow Jesus but on our own terms?
Question: What are some of our terms for following Him?
(v46) And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray. Jesus wanted and needed a sol- itary time with the Father. Jesus’ popularity had led to a scene where people wanted to make Him a politi- military King. This popularity could have taken Jesus off His course and mission (death on the cross for our salvation). From a comfort and ease standpoint it would have been beneficial for Jesus to have accepted their offer. Jesus would not walk the road of ease and comfort (popularity) but would chose to walk the road of suf- fering. He would not take the easy path but rather He would take the difficult path.
Question: How can popularity or popular opinion sometimes take us off course?
Question: Why did Jesus seek time alone with the Father?
Question: Do we need (His followers) time alone with the Father?
Questions: (May sound ridiculous). Are we afraid of time alone with the Father? As a culture/society are we afraid of time alone? Are we ever void of our cell phones, lap tops, iPads? Are we afraid of time alone? Does silence scare us? Can we sit alone with the heavenly Father without outside interference or communication for five minutes?
Question: Does praying scare us?
Question: Do you have to work hard to find time to pray? Please honestly explain.
Life Application Bible Commentary, “Seeking solitude was an important priority for Jesus. He made room in His busy schedule to be alone with the Father. Spending time with God in prayer nurtures a vital relationship and equips us to meet life challenges and struggles. We need to follow Jesus’ example by praying more fre- quently, making available the time, place, opportunity to pray before and after we fulfill our responsibilities. Develop the discipline of spending time alone in God’s presence because it will help you grow spiritually and become more and more like Christ.”
“Prayer” -What is your personal definition of “praying”? Praying is: _________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________