……., Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.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 were going.
I had some extra time this morning to read and study the word, due to the fact that I have a sick family, including my husband, and had to stay home from church. As I was reading in the Gospel of John, I came across several things that caused me to chuckle at the humanity of the disciples. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I need a good reminder that they were human men, who served an Extraordinary God!
In the end of the 4th chapter of John, we see Jesus tear into the Pharisees who have gotten quite upset with him healing on the Sabbath and then having the nerve to call Himself THE Son of God! Jesus, rips into them about how they study and study the scrpitures without gaining any truth from them about His deity.
Then He just seems to abruptly leave the conversation, with as I would call it, ” SCHNAPP!” going off with His disciples. Now, I like to imagine people in the text, and what they may have been thinking or their expressions… I like to imagine some of these men who thought they knew it all, trying to understand how Moses was accusing them before the Father, or if they even gave any thought at all to what Jesus had to say.
But as we pick up in chapter 5, we see Jesus feed the five thousand, the crowds decision to take Him by force and Him choosing to go off by Himself before this happened.
In verse 16 the disciples, it seems got tired of waiting around and took off. They didn’t get very far before things became rough and hard to manage, but worse than that, they had fear. The One that they had left everything to follow was coming to them, and they didn’t recognize Him.
Several things struck me in these few short verses.
1. We tire very easily when we are waiting.
2. When we go ahead of Jesus things will always be rough and hard to manage.
3. Our fear will come in like a flood, making it hard for us to discern our Lord.
4. Jesus has such mercy to come to where we are and speak to our fear.
5. The disciples did not hide in shame, and thus suffer more consequences, instead they were glad to take Him into their boat!
6. Immediately they were where they needed to be!
I get so excited when I grasp that Jesus is the same for me! If I have gotten tired of waiting and taken matters into my own hands, He will come to me and calm all around me. I pray that I may gladly receive Him and not allow shame for my moving ahead stop me from taking Him into my “boat” and allowing Him to get me where I need to go!
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