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.
22 On the next day the crowd that remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 23 Other boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. 25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?”
Jesus Walks on Water
Jesus further shows that he is someone special when he walks on water. The seas rise up and toss the disciples around. Why is this significant? Because the sea is seen as the anti-creation that is the example of chaos. Israelite writing does not look kindly on the waters and the seas and Jewish people engaged with the water surprisingly little when compared to their Phoenician neighbours. However, Jesus is unafraid of the forces that work against creation and commands space and time in this story. It leaves the disciples in awe, but the people of the surrounding area are puzzled themselves.
Does the Jesus that you believe in have mastery over order and chaos? Does your faith in him diminish rapidly in the storms of life? I know I sometimes cease to see Jesus clearly in chaotic times. A passage like this reminds me of his calm mastery.
When all is chaos bid my heart to be still.
- What does Jesus do?
- Why doesn’t he just take the boat?
- What do those living around Galilee learn?
- What are we to learn from this passage?
- How does it apply to your life right now?