Week 27 Day 7
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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John 6:19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened.
I have often stopped to contemplate this famous moment from the Gospel of John. Just exactly what was going on here? How did this effect the disciples? What was God trying to communicate to Jesus, the disciples in the boat? I don’t suppose we will ever understand the true significance of this moment but there are a few things we could stop and consider. In allowing this extra-natural defiance of the laws of matter and gravity God is exhibiting the absolute mastery of creation reposing in His one and only son. In this, as in the miracle at the wedding in Cana (ibid Chapter 2:11) Jesus demonstrates that all of creation is under His authority. Stop for a moment and consider the implications.
Second, the disciples by showing fear became in that moment a type of barometer telling Jesus that there was a long way to go in bringing the disciple to a place where they really comprehended who and what He was.
Third, in that this all happened at night when the crowds had moved on and when most folk were in bed Jesus showed us that the world at large was not ready for Him. Now we know that the birth and life of Jesus all occurred in the “fullness of time”, but at this juncture, there was still a lot of groundwork to be laid before the crucifixion would come to pass.
There is so much we can learn about our Lord when we regard the whole of His life and ministry. What a privilege to consider day by day the actions of Jesus as He moved through His world. Perhaps that would help us to navigate these crazy times.