The Passage of the Ship (Mark 4:35-36)
The journey of the ship is a picture of the journey of a believer’s life. Here in Mark, we have a picture of the believer’s life as one journeys through the storms and stresses in life. This indicates the remarkable guidance of the Lord in directing His own through the trackless lanes of life and bringing them safely to the desired haven. They were all on the ship and they were all at the sea. In fact, you will notice in Mark 4:36 that other little ships were with him. We are all on this voyage together. There are other little ships besides ours. But there was something especially different about this particular ship: Jesus was on board. If a person will just get Jesus on board, into their life as Lord and Saviour, it will make a critical difference. In our life there are two important points to consider.
1. The Ships Direction (Mark 4:35).
When Jesus is on board, a person can have a sense of direction. “Let us pass over unto the other side” (Mark 4:35). You could guarantee they were going to the other side. We are constantly on the move. We are all going places. We have a destination. The important question we must ask ourselves, is Jesus the captain of the ship?
You and I need Christ to be the captain of our ship of life. It is possible for Him to be in the ship but not the captain of the vessel. Is Jesus the captain (MASTER) of your ship? Have you invited Him to take over the controls of your life? If you do, it gives you some direction. If you do not know Christ, or if Jesus is not the captain of your vessel of life, then there is no direction from the Lord. There is meaninglessness and futility in life. Without Jesus, life is like a ship tossed to and fro by the waves with no chart, no compass.
2. The Ships Destination (Mark 4:36).
Many people do not know where they are going in life. They have no sense of purpose or reason for their existence. They may have that temporal sense of direction, but most people have no overall purpose in their lives. It’s a terrible thing to be adrift on life’s sea and not know why you are here, what the meaning of life really is.
There are three great questions in life. Who Am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going? We need to know the answers to these three. We need to know who we are. We need to know where we are going. Jesus’ words here gave a destination. When Jesus comes into your life, He comes in not only as your Saviour, but also as your security. The presence of Jesus is a guarantee that one of these days your life’s ship is going to land safely over on the shore of glory. That’s the only real security in life. You can have stocks and bonds; you can have houses and lands. You can have all the things that people consider security in this world, but if you do not have Jesus in your life you have nothing that you can ultimately count on. You are either on one of two ships. If you have Jesus in your heart, then you are the ark, safe above the judgment. If you do not have Jesus in your heart, you’re on the titanic, headed for destruction.
PRAYER: Lord, Heavenly Father, thank You for Your guidance. Forgive me for getting ahead of Your plans, and help me know when to stop and listen for Your direction. Your ways are perfect. In Jesus name, AMEN!
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