By Collin Zweigle
Rain, waves, water, row, row, row. This would have been the mind of Jesus’disciples as they rowed across the Sea of Galilee. They had just witnessed one of the most ridiculous miracles they had ever seen. Jesus had taken 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish and fed more than 5000 people by miraculously multiplying it, so much that they had gathered up 12 baskets filled with leftovers. Now they’re just trying to get back to Capernaum and they can’t even make it across the lake! It must have been so frustrating! These guys were fishermen! They knew how to sail! This was what they did every day of their lives! They weren’t afraid of the dark. The wee hours of the morning are some of the best for fishing. But seeing a figure walking on the water behind them. Following them. Well that’s just creepy!
On this stormy night the last thing they wanted to see was a ghost! John chapter 6 tells us that they were terrified! These big tough fishermen who knew how to handle the seas and had veins bulging out of their forearms from working the nets and sails for years on end were peeing their pants. Stormy. Creepy. Scary.
You can read the passage (John 6:16-24) yourself, but for the sake of this article I’ll paraphrase. Jesus tells them not to be afraid. He identifies himself and then they seem to think it would be a good idea to let him get into the boat. Then we have the first record of teleportation in the new testament. “Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.”[John 6:21 NIV]. Now the Sea of Galilee is 8 miles wide. Verse 19 says that they hadn’t gone more than 3 or 3.5 miles! Then Jesus gets in the boat and automatically they’re all the way to Capernaum! This seems like an even more ridiculous miracle! How in the world!?
This passage speaks of how Jesus carries us through the storms in our life. Literally the disciples were teleported out of the storm and to the other side of the lake. But when did this happen? When, “they were willing to take him into the boat.”Are you willing to take Jesus into your boat today? Do you have room for Him? Throughout the history of the Church there are stories of people who let Jesus get in their respective boats and how He carried them through the storms they were going through. Some of them made it. Some were left with scars. Some died in these trials, but one way or another our Jesus brought them through each and every one of them, whether their Capernaum was a comfy bed at home or the pearly gates. He’s taking us all somewhere. Will you let him lead you? Will you let him climb into the boat with you?
By Lynn Metier
One of the unchanging characteristics of the God of the Bible is His righteousness, His right-ness. God cannot speak deceitfully (Numbers 23:19), nor can He err. (‘Oops!’ is not in His vocabulary!) God simply cannot do wrong; He cannot create evil, for He is love (1 John 4:16b), and love “thinks no evil” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). On the contrary, Jehovah is the Originator and Source of everything that is right and good. “And Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.’” (Luke 18:19) “Every good and perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” (James 1:17)
It is right that God is good. We’ve all experienced times when it seems like everything goes wrong and, in spite of our best efforts and intentions, things seem to turn out badly. Can you imagine how it would be if the world were deliberately designed to be that way? Although Satan is currently ruling in this world (1 John 5:19b), and many millions suffer under corrupt and oppressive governments which perform his evil will, nothing can prevent the Supreme Ruler of the universe from accomplishing the good He plans in the lives of His followers (Romans 8:28). It is also good that God is right. What would the universe be like if the Almighty Being who created it and was sovereign over it could be wrong? What if God could make a mistake, or fail to do what was just? How could we always trust Him? Thankfully, God must be and do right, because not to do so would violate His very nature. “Your righteousness is like the great mountains” Psalm 36:6.
God is the only one who can always know and do what is right because He is the only one who is always holy and pure, and, therefore, able to determine and establish right-ness. “But the LORD of hosts is exalted in justice, and the Holy God shows Himself holy in righteousness.” (Isaiah 5:16) A dictionary definition of the word “righteousness” includes the following concepts: “virtue, morality, justice, decency, uprightness, rectitude, honesty”. The God of the Scriptures is sovereign and He alone sets the standard for righteousness. “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne” (Psalm 89:14, 97:2). Indeed, God IS the Standard for what is right because He alone is perfect, and because God does not change (Malachi 3:6), His definition of what is right (and what isn’t) doesn’t change either, no matter what religious leaders may claim, or cultures may pretend to the contrary. Because God is always 100% right, whenever we disagree with what He says or oppose what He is doing, we are wrong. It’s that simple!Read more ...