Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Do You Believe In Miracles...All The Colors Of The Rainbow
Is screaming Jesus in a storm the same as screaming fire in a theater? If Jesus is indeed not in the storm as the fire is not in the theater? Both have the ability to clear a room quickly. In the Bible, there is this story of Jesus feeding 5 thousand plus people with a kids sack lunch. In the story the bread and fish make it the whole way around and there is still some food left. This has been considered a miracle by most people who believe it happened. The people had been sitting most of the day listening to Jesus teach... they got hungry, so Jesus, no big deal, says feed them this and hands over this basket or brown sack lunch. Imagine the look on the disciples faces. They do it anyways which is a testament to their faith and the miracle is performed. The Bible says immediately after this, Jesus sent the disciples ahead of Him on a boat. They are emotionally high on just witnessing a miracle, kinda jacked that Jesus just did what He did right in front of them. It reminds me of when I was a little guy, my friends and I were walking down the street and I thew a bottle up in the air to come crashing down in the road with all of the neighbors watching, they were like, what the heck man as we ran really fast. I think the disciples felt a little like this, not expecting Jesus to pull off this miracle. But they are in the boat without Jesus and a storm arises, a bad one, and they are in like a dingy or something floating along and they are terrified for their lives. The wind and waves threaten to overturn them sending them doggy paddling in the drink in a storm. They naturally are afraid of death and to make things worse here comes Jesus, walking on the water. Matt. 14:24 but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 25 During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. Read that again. Not very descriptive here is it. There was a storm and then there was Jesus walking on the water. You would think the writer would make a bigger deal out of it, but maybe he is used to this kind of thing from Jesus, the miracle worker. A couple of summers ago I was out on the lake with a friend of mine in a boat in the middle of the night. The sky was pitch black and it was calm except for the sound. The sound of silence can be one of the scariest things ever, so scary it started freaking us out, so I can imagine a guy come walking up on the water during this already scary time in a storm must have made them want to doo doo their tunics. We were freaked so we went back to shore. The next morning, no lie, a tornado came whipping through the back yard throwing a huge tree through the roof nearly killing us. But I think about those disciples in the midst of this storm and they are afraid and Jesus comes walking on the water. What do you do, I am tempted to jump out of the boat out of fear and so are they, until Peter asks to come walking out to Jesus. I love this part because as bad as a wrap as Peter has had in the past, He has witnessed what Jesus can do, so he believes Jesus, if it is Jesus, can do the same for him. He steps out and walks until he takes his eyes off of Jesus and puts them back to the waves and sinks, only to be saved by Jesus. Why did he sink? Because he took his eyes off of Christ who gives real power. He looks to the waves and his own fear and away from the One that can keep him from falling and he sinks. This is what happens when we focus on the fear, when we focus on the hate and anger, when we focus on anything but Christ. We sink too. Jesus told them that food was no problem when He feeds the people with nothing, now He is telling them that death is no problem, fear is no problem, waves are no problem when we keep our eyes trained on Jesus.
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I'm a simple person to figure out. I usually write it all down here. I try not to pretend to be anything. I am what I am and that's good enough until it's not anymore. I want my kids to remember me smiling when I'm gone. Integrity is the very basis of a good life. I love my God, my wife, my kids, my friends, and I try to love all of the rest of you.