Heavenly Father, let your word dwell in us richly. Help us to teach and admonish one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in our hearts to You, in Jesus’ name, Amen
John 6: 16-24, Walking on the Sea, the 5th sign.
VV 16-17, 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.
After the feeding miracle, Jesus commanded His disciples to go to Capernaum by boat while He retreated to the mountain to pray to escape from the crowd.
V 18, ‘’A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough.’’
The Sea of Galilee is 680 feet below sea level, 8 miles wide, and 12 miles long. Mt Arbel on the west is 1,400 feet above sea level and the Golan Heights on the east is 2,500 feet above sea level. Strong winds from the Mediterranean Sea crossed the valley and descent steeply to the Sea of Galilee. This wind tunnel effect causes violent flash thunderstorms in the Sea of Galilee, even until today. The disciples were doing what Jesus told them to do but still ended up in a storm. Jesus saw them struggling and prayed for them in the mountain. Storm comes even when you are in God’s will. In the storm of the coronavirus pandemic, Jesus is watching you in heaven and praying for you. He did not abandon you.
V 19, When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened.
Jesus approached the boat by walking on the sea. The synoptic gospels said this was between 3 to 6 am (the 4th watch of the night). Jesus waited for several few hours before He showed up. His timing was perfect. He was never late, This was His 5th sign. He had power over gravity and storms. Thinking that Jesus was a ghost, the disciples were frightened. The Greek word for frighten is ‘’phobia’.’
V 20-21, ’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.’’
Jesus replied, ‘’I AM’’. ‘’I AM” in Greek is “eigo eimi” and in Hebrew, “YHWH”, or “Yahveh”. In Exodus 3:14, Jesus appeared to Moses in the burning bush through a Christophany. They invited Jesus into the boat and reached the shore immediately. Jesus revealed His identity, glory, presence, and power to the disciples. He walked on the sea, calmed the sea, and rescued them.
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.
The next day, the multitude who witnessed the feeding miracle in Bethsaida Galilee looked for Jesus but could not find Him. They took the boats from Tiberias en route to Capernaum in search of Jesus.
Heavenly Father, please reveal to us Your identity, glory, presence, and power in the storm of the Coronavirus pandemic. Please calm the storm and rescue us, in Jesus’ name, Amen.