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When Storms Suddenly Appear.. John 6.6-21
« on: September 29, 2018, 18:07:47 »
When Storms Suddenly Appear
It is best to follow and obey the directions and commands of Jesus Christ. The disciples must be so tight with Jesus that they know their Lord’s every desire. Timing is everything in the disciple’s life; however, many times, disciples fall short of going or doing quickly the commands of the Master Jesus. In these times, storms may come, and disciples find themselves in the midst of regret. But even so, Jesus is the Savior of His followers; even when they act contractive to His commands. The key is to begin to see Jesus for who He is. The disciples saw Jesus walking on the water, and they began to realize, on a new higher level, that Jesus is truly the Son of God; and to be known as the full expression and fullness of God. The walking on water reached the senses of the disciples; after Jesus identified Himself to them. Jesus’ identification not only relieved the disciples of fear, it also relieved the winds and the waves. Imagine the new hope when the Master Jesus does this in our lives!!!
Earlier that evening, the disciples came to the shore to cross over. They may have hesitated to cross; hoping that Jesus would join them; however, Jesus remained on the side of the small mountain; alone, but with His great eyes upon the disciples as they hesitated. Jesus certainly knew the storm was coming; so did His disciples. Storms often occur in the evening hours over the Galilean Lake; which is like a small sea. But now, the storm has arrived, and the disciples are in the middle of it; straining hard to row the boat. The disciples feared they wouldn’t get to the other side of the lake. But now they see Jesus walking on the water; thinking what they saw was a ghost. This brought more fear than the storm itself. Is their situation hopeless?
They key is found in the presence of Jesus. He came to them, even in the storm; perhaps a storm brought on by the disciples’ hesitation and disobedience to cross over before darkness set in. But here He comes across the waves and through the strong winds; coming to the rescue of the disciples. The disciples must learn to trust the commands of Jesus; their Master. They must learn to obey and avoid storms. Storms in this world will come, but disciples could avoid many storms if they would immediately obey what Jesus commands. Disciples must further learn to recognize their Master in the midst of the storm. It is better to have Jesus in their boat. Perhaps Jesus would have walked past them to the other side of the shore. This could have been a test. In other words, cross the water at Jesus’ command and do not hesitate. It finally means: experience the rescue and joy of getting to where Jesus told them to go in the first place. Suddenly the boat reached the other side. It became an easy sail with the Master on the board. Just think how many easy sails we might have if we just obeyed Jesus in the beginning. Our tragedies don’t need to take us down. The key is to recognize Jesus, take Him on board and notice the difference He makes. Amen?
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 three or three and a half miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were terrified. 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.
John 6.16-21
Pastor Gerald Casselman