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Daily Reformation, Mark 4:30-35
From the Reformer
In the apostles’ time, and in our own, the gospel was and is preached more powerfully and spread further than it was in the time of Christ; for Christ had not such repute, nor so many hearers as the apostles had, and as now we have. Christ himself says to his disciples; Ye shall do greater works than I; I am but a little grain of mustard-seed; but ye shall be like the vine-tree, and as the arms and boughs wherein the birds shall build their nests.
—Martin Luther, Table Talk
Pulling It Together
It was in the going over to the other side with Christ that the disciples matured. If they had stayed there in the comfort of the crowd, they might never have encountered the storm with Jesus and found his peace that surpasses understanding. It is in the going over with Christ to the farther shore that mustard seeds sprout, grow, mature, and benefit the kingdom.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers