17th April 2021
...one Sunday afternoon...
19 When they had rowed about three or four miles,
they saw Jesus approaching the boat,
walking on the water;
and they were frightened
20 But he said to them,
"It is I; don't be afraid."
.... John 6: 19,20
Today's Gospel reading is John's account of
Jesus walking on the Sea of Galilee.
I read a story about a drunk man
who stumbled upon a baptism service
that was taking place down by a river
one Sunday afternoon.
The drunk proceeded to walk out into the water,
and he stood next to the old country preacher.
The preacher noticed the old drunk and said,
"Mister, are you ready to find Jesus?"
The drunk looked back and said,
"Yes, Preacher: I sure am."
So the minister dunked the fellow
under the water and pulls him right back up.
"Have you found Jesus?"
the preacher asks.
"No, I didn't!" said the drunk.
The preacher then dunks him under
for quite a bit longer,
brings him up, and says,
"Now, brother, have you found Jesus?"
"No, I haven't, Reverend."
The preacher took him down
into the water again,
and this time he held him under for
at least 30 seconds.
He brought him out of the water,
and said in exasperation,
"Man, have you found Jesus yet?"
The old drunk took a gulp of air,
wiped his eyes, and said to the preacher,
"Are you sure this is where he fell in?"
The account that we're focusing upon today
from John 6 leads me to believe that
Jesus COULDN'T fall into the water.
The critics and sceptics have tried
to explain away the miracle of Jesus
walking on the water by suggesting
that He was actually just walking along
or perhaps He was walking on a section
that was iced over.
If He were on the shore,
how did He step into the boat since
they were "in the midst of the sea"
Further, this account takes place right after
the feeding of the multitude,
which was in the springtime
just before Passover,
when the grass was thick and green.
How could there have been ice thick enough,
and going out 3 or 4 miles into the
Sea of Galilee, that would have provided
an uninterrupted path and be unaffected
by a turbulent sea?
We all go through the storms of life.
The disciples were literally,
all in the same boat when it came to
the storm that they were going through.
But you may be going through something
that has totally devastated you,
while the person next to you
(perhaps even someone
in the same household)
has been completely unaffected
by those trials and storms.
If you have been affected by some turbulence
in your life and maybe your strength is
at low ebb and your spirit is in upheaval;
remember that Jesus is stronger
than the storm.
He is in control of the storm.
A quote to remember
"Sometimes God calms the storm,
but sometimes he lets the storm rage
and calms His child."
We can allow Him to get on board with us.
And when He gets on board with us,
we can go a whole lot further
a whole lot faster
than we could have ever gone
Let's turn to him and trust Him
today in our storms!
It may be interesting to watch,
or just listen to a song
sung by Hillsong Worship
via the link shown below.