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Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior . . .

Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior . . .


"Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, because they all saw him and were terrified."


"Immediately he spoke to them and said, 'Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid.' Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down." Mark 6:47-51 (NIV)


It had been quite a trying few days for Jesus. He learned of the death of His friend, John the Baptist. He and the disciples tried to get away "to a deserted place and rest a while,'' but while in a boat they saw the multitudes, friends who knew Him, people "from all the cities." It's really a fascinating picture, and the compassionate Lord went to them, not just to teach, but to feed them . . . 5,000 of them, with five loaves and two fish.


He told the disciples to go ahead of Him to the other side of the sea, and He went to a mountain to pray. At evening, the disciples were in the middle of the sea, straining at rowing, the wind against them, and Jesus, alone on land, comes to them, walking on the sea. And here's the odd part:


". . . and he would have passed them by."


He wanted them to see Him. He wanted to walk past and hear them give thanks that all would be well with Jesus in view. And the disciples did see Him . . . but thought He was a ghost. How many times in His life must Jesus have looked at us and compassionately but with some exasperation muttered, "Sigh . . .."


He wants us to see Him. Yet even when He scares us, even when we aren't sure that it's Him, and even then as man divine yet human and tired, and needing to be alone, He came, and calmed the storm, and got in the boat.


"Immediately when Jesus saw His friends in trouble," William Barclay writes, "His own problems were set aside; the moment for prayer was past; the time for action had come; he forgot himself and went to the help of his friends. That is the very essence of Jesus . . .."


"Trusting only in Thy merit,

Would I seek Thy face;

Heal my wounded, broken spirit,

Save me by Thy grace." -- Fanny Crosby


Teddy Allen



Writer/Editor Specialist, University Communications--Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana  

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