John 6:16–21 (ESV)
Jesus Walks on Water
16 When evening came,
his disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles,
they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21 Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they
The Gospel writer Luke leaves this story out, but the other three Gospels include this story. John’s is the shortest and the simplest... with the exception of the last verse.
We all get that Jesus was not in the boat, the boat was about three or four miles out, and the boat is caught in the rough seas. Jesus, in his divine nature, comes walking out to the boat. I can’t blame them, I have never seen someone walking
on the sea four miles out in rough weather. You know he is not stepping on rocks. “They were frightened.” Jesus is always our hope and our Savior. He tells them “It is I; do not be afraid.” I’m sure it
was a big relief... but he still had been walking on water. That will not be easy to forget. Now John has a different closing for this story. The Scriptures state: “immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.”
Instead of beam me up, Scotty... it is more like beam me over, Father. Only God could walk on water, calm the sea, and supernaturally transport the disciples to the other side.
I pray: O Lord,
you show your Divine Nature in today’s reading by walking on water, calming the sea, and supernaturally transporting the disciples. Why do we often doubt your abilities or even worse, think we should call on you for help only if we need it.
Lord, help me to turn to you in all things and to trust you to lead me home to heaven. Thank you for forgiving me and restoring me into your Kingdom. Amen.