Handling pressure is one of the most difficult that we do in our culture and society. Sometimes we think that we are the only people that have it, but it is important to recognize that Jesus had it in His day and in His time.
These verses of Mark chapter six are filled with an undercurrent of pressure. Jesus had just sent disciples away, in two's and gave them power over unclean spirits in Mark 6:7. They had had great results, which is reported for us in Mark 6:12 and 13. And now they come back to report to Jesus in Mark 6:30 - 32.
They were enthusiastic, so enthusiastic that they didn't even have time to eat. They had been caught up in the joy of this new found authority and the sense of fulfillment in obedience and the sense of trust, that Jesus had trusted them for the first time with His mission in their hands.
While the disciples had been gone, Jesus had received word about the death of John the Baptist, His cousin. There was the emotional joy of the disciples returning. There was the grief that He was struggling with. There was the crowds that were pressing And all of these things were coming in upon Him. It was a time of immense pressure.
In these three verses, Mark 6:30-32, He gives us the secret on how pressure is handled in all of the situations.
"Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while."
He recognized the need not to get distracted or destroyed, by all the demands that were being placed on He and His disciples at that moment.
It was time for them to come again and refocus on the will of the Father.
To take some time to rest.
To spiritually be restored, so that they could continue on with the mission.
Here is the secret in the handling of pressure; it is found in verse 31.
31 And He said to them, "Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while." For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. (NKJ)
Let's take a look at the depths of the pressure.
The pressure of grief.
14 Now King Herod heard of Him, for His name had become well known. And he said, "John the Baptist is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him."
15 Others said, "It is Elijah." And others said, "It is the Prophet, or like one of the prophets."
16 But when Herod heard, he said, "This is John, whom I beheaded; he has been raised from the dead!"
17 For Herod himself had sent and laid hold of John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife; for he had married her.
18 For John had said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."
19 Therefore Herodias held it against him and wanted to kill him, but she could not;
20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just and holy man, and he protected him. And when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.
21 Then an opportune day came when He ...
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