This message by Pastor Rod Harris was delivered at Trinity Baptist Church on Sunday morning, July 15, 2007 and was taken from Mark 6:31-56.
What we discover in this last half of the sixth chapter of Mark is that it reveals a moving portrait of the God we worship and adore. Power and mercy come together in the person and work of Jesus Christ. He is worthy of our worship and adoration.
- In verses 30-44 we find in the person of Jesus Christ a compassionate shepherd ministering to the needs of the aimless and the wandering. The key verse in this section is 34: “When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.” Their real need was spiritual. Verse 34 ends with “And he began to teach them many things.” Later Jesus met the crowd’s physical need for food.
- In verses 45-52 we find in Jesus Christ a sovereign savior who comes to the struggling and the helpless. Jesus never took his eyes off of his disciples, and in the midst of their struggles on the sea he comes to them and saves them.
- In verses 53-56 we see that Jesus Christ is a sympathetic healer touching the hurting and the hopeless.
Do you find your life with no meaning or purpose? Your life doesn’t go anywhere? Look to the Shepherd. There is a sovereign savior who will deliver you today if you will turn to him.