2762.) John 6:16-24

 

John 6:16-24   (NRSV)

Jesus Walks on the Water

16When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing.

“The Sea of Galilee is six hundred feet below sea level, in a cuplike depression among the hills. When the sun sets, the air cools; and as the cooler air from the west rushes down over the hillside, the resultant wind churns the lake. Since the disciples were rowing toward Capernaum, they were heading into the wind; consequently, they made little progress.” 

–Merrill C. Tenney

19When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified.

20But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”

Heavenly Father, how wonderful to know that You are my Provider and Deliver, my Sustainer and Helper, my Hope and Strength, my Lord and my God. As the difficulties and dangers at home and abroad seem to increase with every passing day, I pray that my eyes will be looking away from the circumstances of life, which can become so overwhelming … by keeping the eyes of my heart fixed on Jesus, Who created all things by the word of His mouth, upholds all things by the strength of His infinite power, and holds me fast in the palm of His hands. To Him be all honor and glory, AMEN.

–Knowing-Jesus.com

21Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going.

He watches, he comes and he helps. It is the wonder of the Christian life that there is nothing that we are left to do alone. Margaret Avery tells how there was a teacher in a little country school who had told this story to her children, and she must have told it well. Some short time afterwards there was a blizzard of wind and snow. When school finished, the teacher was helping the children home. Sometimes she had practically to drag them through the drifts. When they were all very nearly exhausted with the struggle, she overheard a little boy say, half to himself: “We could be doing with that chap Jesus here now.” We could always be doing with Jesus and we never need to do without him.

–William Barclay

Psalm 107:30 (ESV)

Then they were glad that the waters were quiet,
    and he brought them to their desired haven.

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Music:

In Matthew’s account of the story of Jesus walking on the water, Peter asks if he can walk on water, too. Jesus tells him, “Come.”

Jesus asked the man at the pool of Bethesda, “Do you want to be healed?”

Can you tell God what you want, and trust God for it, even though it seems beyond you?  Then come.

HERE  is Britt Nicole singing “Walk on the Water.”

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22The next day the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there. They also saw that Jesus had not got into the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 23Then some boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
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Reflections:

1)   Craig Groeschel said, “Never let the presence of a storm cause you to doubt the presence of God.” What can you do to help you not to doubt God’s abiding presence?

2)   Tell Jesus that you trust him to bring you to your desired haven.

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The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Images courtesy of:
Jesus walks on water.   http://www.deebrestin.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/jesus-walking-on-water.jpg
feet on water.    http://www.gcumm.org/images/r/jesus_walks_water-1/586x329g0-0-514-289/jesus_walks_water-1.jpg

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