The Proof of the Surviving (Mark 4:35; 4:41-5:1)
Mark 4:35, And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.
Mark 5:1, And they came over unto the other side of the sea,
Notice: The two verses. In Mark 4:35, Jesus told them in the beginning, just before the journey He would lead them to the other side. In Mark 5:1, the Scripture proves He led them to the other side. His sleeping shows us that while we are here on this earth we can have peace with Him while sailing through the storms of life. When the apostle Paul talked about his leaving, his going home to be with God, he said, “The time for my departure is at hand” (II Timothy 4:6). It was a picture of pulling up anchor and launching out into the great sea of eternity.
Consider Noah in that ark. The waves came and the storms beat against it but he never fell out of the ark. You and I have security in Jesus. We have the promise that one of these days we are going to pass over to the other side. Our future is secure because we know Jesus as our personal Saviour.
In New Testament times, the harbors of various cities would have a sand bar just outside the harbor. So if a boat got there when the tide was out, it couldn’t get into the harbor. They would just take the anchor and throw it over into the harbor. It really didn’t matter if the winds came and beat against the boat, because you see, they understood that when the tide came in, the ship would follow the anchor right on in to the harbor.
Apart from God man has no hope for the future. As Paul put it, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable” (I Corinthians 15:19). People look for security and hope in fame, wealth and achievement but those are fleeting at best. There is simply no security in temporal things because they can vanish at any moment.
Jesus Christ is an “anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus” (Hebrews 6:19-20). Jesus Christ awaits in heaven and, if you are saved, you are going to heaven one of these days because the promise He made in John 14:1-3. Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. The anchor is the guarantee that one of these days the ship is going on in to the harbor.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, when I remember Your promises for my future, nothing can shake my confidence that Jesus is coming to take me home. In Jesus name, Amen.
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