2017-04-01 - Miracles
How many times have you read the story of Jesus walking on the water? The account of this miracle is found in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and John. Jesus sent His disciples across the Sea of Galilee in a boat, while He remained behind. Along the way, the disciples encountered a strong wind. Suddenly, Jesus approached them, as he was walking on the water. John says that the disciples "were terrified." Jesus told them not to be afraid. What a miracle--Jesus was able to walk on the water. The disciples must have been amazed.
The next sentence reveals something equally amazing. John says, "Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading." (John 6:21) Jesus got into the boat, and another miracle happened. The boat "immediately" reached the shore. Mark tells us that the boat was in the middle of the lake and, after Jesus gets in, the boat suddenly reaches the opposite shore. How many times have we read this story without noticing the second miracle? Jesus had done the unexpected--walking on the water. Then He did something unexpected again--He caused the boat to immediately reach the opposite shore.
Though he most often works through everyday provisions, Jesus still does the unexpected today . He meets us in the rough waters of life. He calms the storms that we encounter along the way. He gets us through them to the opposite shore--to a safe place. Are you looking for Jesus? Are you willing to be amazed by His provision?
Richard Moser, Jr
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.