Note This is fifth of a series of articles I’m writing regarding the 7 miracles of Jesus as seen in the book of John. This journey asks important questions about each of these events. You can read the prior ones in Part 1, Part 2 , Part 3 and Part 4
While easy to miss, the fifth miracle of Jesus, walking on water, is no less significant than the others. Found in John chapter 6, right after the fourth Miracle,
John 6.16 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,[b] 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.
1. What does this story say to you about people?
We all face storms in our lives at some point. Things, beyond our control, can throw us from the ship. If you’ve lost someone close to you, or have been through a traumatic event yourself, you know just how dark life can be. And yet, in these darkest times, when Jesus offers to help us, many times we withdraw back, in fear.
2. What does this story say to you about Jesus?
The words of Jesus brought calm and assurance to these frightened men. During our darkest moments, His words do the same for us. Jesus comes to our moment of need, meets us, and assures us.
3. What does this story have to say about you?
It just reminds me that I share the same fear of life’s turbulent times with the men on the ship. I, myself, have experienced fear of darkness on more than one occasion. I need to learn to keep my eyes on Jesus during such times!
4. Who needs to hear this story?
Everyone, of course 🙂