Jesus Miracle Of Walking On Water
22 IMMEDIATELY AFTER THIS, JESUS INSISTED THAT HIS DISCIPLES GET BACK INTO THE BOAT AND CROSS TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LAKE, WHILE HE SENT THE PEOPLE HOME. 23 AFTER SENDING THEM HOME, HE WENT UP INTO THE HILLS BY HIMSELF TO PRAY. NIGHT FELL WHILE HE WAS THERE ALONE. 24 MEANWHILE, THE DISCIPLES WERE IN TROUBLE FAR AWAY FROM LAND, FOR A STRONG WIND HAD RISEN, AND THEY WERE FIGHTING HEAVY WAVES. 25 ABOUT THREE O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING JESUS CAME TOWARD THEM, WALKING ON THE WATER. 26 WHEN THE DISCIPLES SAW HIM WALKING ON THE WATER, THEY WERE TERRIFIED. IN THEIR FEAR, THEY CRIED OUT, “IT’S A GHOST!” 27 BUT JESUS SPOKE TO THEM AT ONCE. “DON’T BE AFRAID,” HE SAID. “TAKE COURAGE. I AM HERE!”
28 THEN PETER CALLED TO HIM, “LORD, IF IT’S REALLY YOU, TELL ME TO COME TO YOU, WALKING ON THE WATER.”
29 “YES, COME,” JESUS SAID.
SO PETER WENT OVER THE SIDE OF THE BOAT AND WALKED ON THE WATER TOWARD JESUS. 30 BUT WHEN HE SAW THE STRONG WIND AND THE WAVES, HE WAS TERRIFIED AND BEGAN TO SINK. “SAVE ME, LORD!” HE SHOUTED. 31 JESUS IMMEDIATELY REACHED OUT AND GRABBED HIM. “YOU HAVE SO LITTLE FAITH,” JESUS SAID. “WHY DID YOU DOUBT ME?”
32 WHEN THEY CLIMBED BACK INTO THE BOAT, THE WIND STOPPED. 33 THEN THE DISCIPLES WORSHIPED HIM. “YOU REALLY ARE THE SON OF GOD!” THEY EXCLAIMED.
Here we have another example where Jesus is superseding the laws of nature by walking on water. Personally I have a theory about walking on water. You have to walk very very fast!
In this miracle you once again have Jesus complaining, if you want to call it that, about the size of Peter’s faith. Peter was fine as long as he kept his focus on Jesus, but as soon as he started looking at the natural circumstances, he started to sink.
In all of these miracles there is one common element. All of these miracles of Jesus made the disciples look beyond their natural senses and sensibilities.
I believe that rationalism and the miraculous are at odds with one another. It doesn’t mean that we do not use our minds, or our 5 senses but it means that we need to understand that there is more than the rational and the physical universe. There are spiritual principles that also come into play.
This, in my opinion, is why we have gotten to the point where we see people healed miraculously, finances provided miraculously, circumstances changed miraculously and we only see the natural causes or we come up with natural causes to explain the miraculous.
The Miracle of Jesus Raising Lazarus from the Dead
38 JESUS WAS STILL ANGRY AS HE ARRIVED AT THE TOMB, A CAVE WITH A STONE ROLLED ACROSS ITS ENTRANCE. 39 “ROLL THE STONE ASIDE,” JESUS TOLD THEM. BUT MARTHA, THE DEAD MAN’S SISTER, PROTESTED, “LORD, HE HAS BEEN DEAD FOR FOUR DAYS. THE SMELL WILL BE TERRIBLE.”
40 JESUS RESPONDED, “DIDN’T I TELL YOU THAT YOU WOULD SEE GOD’S GLORY IF YOU BELIEVE?” 41 SO THEY ROLLED THE STONE ASIDE. THEN JESUS LOOKED UP TO HEAVEN AND SAID, “FATHER, THANK YOU FOR HEARING ME. 42 YOU ALWAYS HEAR ME, BUT I SAID IT OUT LOUD FOR THE SAKE OF ALL THESE PEOPLE STANDING HERE, SO THAT THEY WILL BELIEVE YOU SENT ME.” 43 THEN JESUS SHOUTED, “LAZARUS, COME OUT!” 44 AND THE DEAD MAN CAME OUT, HIS HANDS AND FEET BOUND IN GRAVECLOTHES, HIS FACE WRAPPED IN A HEADCLOTH. JESUS TOLD THEM, “UNWRAP HIM AND LET HIM GO!”
Here we see one of the greatest miracles performed by Jesus. He is raising his friend Lazarus from the dead. Lazarus was not only dead, but had been dead 4 days!
Even today’s breakthroughs in medical science cannot do this. There cannot be any theories that Lazarus had just passed out. He was dead.
Once again we see people thinking with their rational minds. Martha, who was known for focusing on the physical needs around her tried to stop Jesus. She was focused on what was common knowledge. People who are dead for 4 days start to rot! It stinks.
Jesus focuses on the spiritual principle that God the Father would hear Him when He prayed. After thanking the Father that His prayer had been heard, (We can only assume that the prayer that was actually prayed was a prayer to raise Lazarus.) we see Jesus put action to that prayer by telling Lazarus to come out of the tomb.
Lazarus comes hopping out wrapped in burial cloths.
Why Is the Miraculous Important Today?
In all 4 of these miraculous events there is one thing that always happens. The glory of Jesus is revealed and the people worship God.
The miracles that Jesus did and still does are not meant to bring glory to man.
In fact, when we give credit to the natural or physical, we are in all honesty, giving glory to our ability to figure things out.
The miracle of the wedding at Cana was the first time that the glory of Jesus was revealed.
The two times the disciples were on the boat and a miracle happened, they were amazed and worshiped Jesus. They understood that He was the son of God.
With the raising of Lazarus, Jesus said they would see God’s glory.
So I want to both encourage you and challenge you. Is there a place in your life, heart, and theology for the miraculous today?
Are you ready to allow God to show you that He is still alive, still active in the affairs of man, and still wants to hear prayers and do things that cannot be explained by natural means?
I hope so.
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