What does it say?
In Matthew 14 John the Baptist dies at the command of Herod. We also see the feeding of the 5,000, an event recorded in all four gospels. Immediately following, Jesus sends his disciples off by boat on Lake Galilee toward Gennesaret on the NW shore. In a windstorm, Jesus comes walking toward them on the waves and Peter walks on the water with him. Arriving in Gennesaret, growing crowds surround Jesus seeking healing.
Mark 6 begins with Jesus’ rejection on his second visit to the synagogue in Nazareth and the commissioning of the Twelve before touching all the events appearing in Matthew 14.
Luke 9 records the sending of the Twelve followed by Herod’s confusion at Jesus’ increasing popularity and the rumors about his true identity. Luke also tells of the feeding of the 5,000 and then skips to Peter’s confession of Jesus as the Christ and a call to discipleship. This long chapter continues Jesus’ Galilean ministry with transfiguration event, the healing of the demonized boy that follows and then a prediction of Jesus’ death to come. The disciples show they still have much to learn as they argue over who will be the greatest among them and are judgmental toward those not exactly like them.
What does it mean?
Reading the four gospels together we see the core events and teaching that form essence of Jesus’ life. Matthew, Mark and Luke are very similar in the way they present the story. John’s purpose is very specifically evangelistic, and he is quite selective in the events he chooses to include. Each writer varies in specific details included and, at times, the chronological order. Comparing these three chapters is a good example of different styles covering the same portions of Jesus’ life. The different gospels don’t contradict each other, but rather provide four separate perspectives for a deeper and more rounded understanding of Jesus Christ.
Everything we see in this section works to establish the divinity of Christ, his mission and what it means to follow him as his disciple. Luke 9:51 is a major transition. From this point Jesus sets his face toward Jerusalem knowing that the hour of his crucifixion is drawing near.
How will I respond?
From what I read in these three chapters, what one step can I take as a follower of Jesus Christ to advance my personal growth in faith and obedience to him?