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The Gospel of John – Walk on Water

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This is the by far one my favourite signs and wonders Jesus performs. In this part of John’s account of the Gospel, Jesus walks on water, we’ll get to the details in a bit. There are similar accounts of this story in the Gospel of Matthew 14:22-33 and Mark 6: 45-52, but it is only in the book of Matthew that we learn that Peter also walked on the water. It is this particular part of the story that I love so much! Keep reading to find out why.

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Jesus Walks on the Water

16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17 where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 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.” 21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.

22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples, but that they had gone away alone. 23 Then some boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus. John 6: 16-24

Obedience can lead us into a storm

Obedience to God does not always lead to blessing and favour. This part of the story is one such example. Jesus sends His disciples away from the crowd for a few reasons. We see in John 6:15 that the crowd is willing to use force to make Jesus king. To involve the disciples in political unrest would put them in a difficult situation with the Roman Empire. Also, we could consider that Jesus doesn’t want the disciples to let the crowd’s admiration feed their egos. Christ’s miracles are always attached to a Spiritual lesson, feed the 5000, is no different. Removing His disciples from this situation solves all three of these problems at the same time.

The disciples are sailing to the other side of the Sea of Galilee specifically in obedience to Jesus instructions. Jesus told them to get into a boat and head across the water. As we’ll see later, their obedience leads them directly into a storm on the sea.

If God calls you to His will, and you obey, you will face backlash from this fallen world!

But, the good thing is Jesus is watching them from the shore, during their struggle with the storm (Mark 6:47). John 6:17 states that Jesus “had not yet joined them” out on the water. Even while the men were afraid about their situation, they were under His watchful eyes.

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There is purpose in our trials. Rest assured – God is watching us always!

Jesus will come

At the time of day described here, the disciples are in the middle of a mess: a rough, stormy sea long before sunrise. At this point, Jesus walks out on to the water. Their fear is of the storm, but also that they first assume Jesus is a ghost. Jesus’ intervention here happens in an unexpected way. In the same way, in our lives, God intervenes in ways we do not expect – at first this may frighten us, but it will always be for our good. We can trust Jesus will come to rescue us.

This is the part of the story I love the most. Jesus is miraculously walking on the water. Jesus says to them: ” 20 But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid” (John 6:20). Although the Gospel of John does not include this next part, it is found in Matthew’s account. Peter (being the forward and bold one of the group), says to Jesus: 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water” (Matthew 14:28). Peter gets out the boat and also walks on the water, the same as Jesus does. But something goes terribly wrong – instead of keeping his focus on Jesus, he becomes aware of the storm and shifts his attention to the storm. What happens? Peter begins to sink. Why did he sink? He lost faith! But, Jesus was there, ready and waiting to catch Peter before he sank.

You might feel you are sinking in your circumstances. Trust Jesus will show up. At exactly the right time!

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Look to Jesus

  1. Look for Jesus and keep looking to Jesus. Although a storm surrounds us, we must look to Jesus. The problem is when we stop looking at Jesus. The principle is clear: especially when life is a tumultuous storm, look for Jesus and keep looking to Jesus.
  2. When Jesus commands you, obey Him. Jesus told Peter to “come” to Him on the water. Even though it made no sense, Peter did what Jesus said. This is what obedience looks like–doing what Jesus says.
  3. Faith is simply taking the next step. Peter took one step to get out of the boat and onto the water. Peter was doing just fine when he was focused on the next step and got into trouble when he lost sight of his next step. 
  4. Faith unleashes the supernatural. Peter did not experience the supernatural power of God that allowed him to walk on water until he trusted as evidenced by his actions.
  5. Fear will sink you. When Peter had faith, he walked on water. When he had fear, he sank in the water. The same is true for us. Fear will sink us.
  6. Jesus saves you from many things. Jesus not only saved Peter from hell but on this occasion, Jesus saved Peter from drowning.
  7. A little faith is better than no faith. The Lord Jesus spoke of Peter’s “little faith”. This means that he was capable of even greater sustained faith.
  8. You can choose to worry or worship. In an instant, the men went from worrying about their circumstances to worshipping their Christ.
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The Gospel of John – Supernatural Overflow

Advertisements This is the only miracle recorded in all four Gospel accounts (Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-15), which shows it is very significant to Jesus’ mission and so we won’t forget how much the Lord can do with the little things that are given to Him. The feeding of the 5 000Continue reading →

The Gospel of John – Testimonies about Jesus

Advertisements Jesus continues his response to His critics in Jerusalem. Up to now, Jesus has healed a crippled man on the Sabbath and He has claimed to be equal with God in works, love, judgment and honour. Now, Jesus speaks about the evidence to His claims. Jesus does not just say: “Have faith” or “believeContinue reading →

The Gospel of John – The Authority of the Son

Advertisements Jesus’ intentionality Christ’s authority- Jesus chose often to perform miracles or other works on the Sabbath. We must remember that Jesus was, and still is, intentional in everything He did and He follows His Father’s instructions. A likely explanation is that Jesus is deliberately provoking the Pharisees by confronting them with their own hypocrisy.Continue reading →

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Happy Father’s Day

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Firstly, Happy Father’s Day. Christian fatherhood is an important part of God’s plan and design the family. Paul writes that there are three important functions that Christian fathers must carry out. What better way to remember Father’s day than in the word of God.

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Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians. 6:1-4

 

  • Christian Father’s Won’t Provoke their Children’s Wrath, they bring their up with nurturing and they teach and discipline their children.

Happy Father’s Day dad

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Be Still my restless heart

Advertisements Watching the storm with a restless heart The roaring thunder The strong winds A flash of lightning The storm rages on In it, I hear God’s voice say: Be still. Psalm 46:10 God is Omnipresent 7 Where can I go from your Spirit?    Where can I flee from your presence?8 If I go up to the heavens, you areContinue reading →

Laziness Ruins Happiness

Advertisements What Makes Diligence a Virtue? Most people do not want to be thought of as lazy — as a person averse to hard work. We all know laziness is a vice — a corrupting and addicting use of a good gift: rest. Leisure in proper doses is a wonderful, refreshing gift of God. But habitualContinue reading →

Release Your Regrets

Advertisements Once you have recognised your regret for what it is, you are then ready for the next step: release your regrets. Ask yourself these five questions: Do you regret committing a sin? Your regret may have been something you did that put distance between you and God. Letting go of that regret will requireContinue reading →

Posted by Stephen Baragwanath in Fathers Day, 1 comment

Knowing and Believing

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In the last post about our Identity in Christ, we left of with the question “Who am I?” This question reminds me of a song by Casting Crowns – Who Am I

View the previous post here : What God says, goes!

For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3
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For all of us, this is a question we ask ourselves many times in our lives. Throughout life, as we experience new things and matures we ask – yet again  Who am I? What have I allowed to drown out God’s voice for me?

We have and will always have our living God, His Living Word and the Holy Spirit. We know who we are in Christ because God has told us already. God alone has the final say on who we are – your social media feed, your successes or failures, your parents, your boss, your friends, your worst enemies and even ourselves have no say over who we truly are. By following Jesus, we know that God has determined our identity and shaped us how He wants us. His Word counts!!

We have to know. we have to believe, what God says, if we truly want to live out the life God has purposed for us – a life of righteousness, holiness, beauty and for His glory – To know is the start, to believe it will determine the direction for our lives. Our words, thoughts and actions begin to manifest and reflect the beauty of our identity, straight from Scripture and the heart of God, only once these truths take hold in our hearts and minds to the point that we believe them.

Follow the Scriptures below and note down a verse that really speaks to you about your true identity. Ask God to enlighten the eyes of your heart to see, know, and believe!

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Scripture

20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

Thanksgiving and Prayer

1For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people Ephesians 1:15-18

Living as Those Made Alive in Christ

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-3

May we believe the truth about who we are as outlined by God alone and believe what He victoriously declares about who we are in Jesus.

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Posted by Stephen Baragwanath in Identity in Christ, 1 comment