Mark 6:46-56 : Jesus says “Take courage! I am here!”

Often we cannot receive the immediate solution to our physiological and mental issues because our hearts have become hardened in regard to spiritual matters. Why are our hearts so hard? The original word for ‘hard’ describes callus: An area of the skin that has become hardened and thick, usually because of prolonged pressure or rubbing. Often we develop unseen numbing callus in our mind and emotion after many rubbing of pains and torments. The hardening prevents us from receiving the healing that comes within us, through our spirit.

Jesus says that our hearts can be hardened to the point that we cannot receive what He has already given to us through our spirit. Even His disciples had this problem too as we read the famous passage below.

How to end our hardness? Jesus says, “Don’t be afraid,take courage! I am here!”

Being afraid of the circumstances and the seemingly bad symptoms cripple and numb us into inertia. Reading the testimonies of the healed ones we see one common key success factor: they have not succumbed to inertia. They got up from their bed and fought on and maintained normal functioning (with the supernatural power that Jesus has given them through faith) until the symptoms had no choice but to leave them for good.

Again, the key is not to be afraid. Just believe in Him, what He says.


Mark 6:46-56 New Living Translation (NLT)

46 After telling everyone good-bye, he went up into the hills by himself to pray.

47 Late that night, the disciples were in their boat in the middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on land. 48 He saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the wind and waves. About three o’clock in the morning[a] Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. He intended to go past them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the water, they cried out in terror, thinking he was a ghost. 50 They were all terrified when they saw him.

But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage! I am here![b] 51 Then he climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. They were totally amazed, 52 for they still didn’t understand the significance of the miracle of the loaves. Their hearts were too hard to take it in.

53 After they had crossed the lake, they landed at Gennesaret. They brought the boat to shore 54 and climbed out. The people recognized Jesus at once, 55 and they ran throughout the whole area, carrying sick people on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56 Wherever he went—in villages, cities, or the countryside—they brought the sick out to the marketplaces. They begged him to let the sick touch at least the fringe of his robe, and all who touched him were healed.


  1. 6:48 Greek About the fourth watch of the night.
  2. 6:50 Or The ‘I am’ is here; Greek reads I am. See Exod 3:14.

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