Miracle Upon Miracles
Do you ever read God’s Word, a passage that you’ve read a million times before, and something completely mind-blowing stands out to you in a way it never has before? That happened to me this week. I was just happily cruising along, reading the awesome miracles of Jesus in John, and along popped out John 6:16-21. Jesus and the disciples have just finished feeding the 5,000 men plus women and children, had extras left over, and Jesus sent them across the sea to Capernaum. He didn’t go with them yet, but he sent them in the boat. They rowed for 3 or 4 miles. I don’t know if you’ve ever rowed a boat before, but it’s hard work. If you’ve got weak biceps like me, your arms and back will burn after half a mile, let alone three or four miles! So they’re just merrily rowing along, probably talking about the awesome miracles of the day, when they see Jesus just casually walking on water, coming near them. Now, their first reaction, given the events of that day, was not something like, “Hey! It’s that God-man! He’s doing something impossible!! JESUS!!!” No. That’s not their reaction. They’re scared. They’re frightened. They’re confused and don’t know the meaning of someone doing something that’s impossible. But they just saw food miraculously multiply and they STILL DO NOT UNDERSTAND. Sheesh. These guys don’t seem very bright.
But then Jesus does something I didn’t expect. He doesn’t chastise them for their lack of belief (not yet- He does that in His next adventure... walking on water). He doesn’t call out the obvious of what happened earlier that day. He simply calms them down by stating who He is and to not be afraid. That’s it. Jesus tells them His identity in a simple, “It is I”. Then they gladly took Him into the boat, and here’s the mind-blowing part, John 6:21 says, “and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.” What? Jesus can transport people and a boat across the ocean to the shore? Sure He can. Because He’s the incredible God-man Jesus who did multiple miraculous things that day: feeding 5,000+ with just 5 loaves and 2 fish - check, walking on water to declare I’m not just a random dude - check, rescue my friends from their hard labor and transport them to shore - check. Jesus relieved the disciples of their hard rowing work, to give them rest. To remind them that He is who he says He is. The next day, Jesus declares that He is the Bread of Life, a statement of ultimate provision. Jesus is all about showing who He is and that He is who He says He is.
Listen, this Jesus we follow has done, and will continue to do, miraculous things. I believe in a God of miracles and I believe in a God who knows our deepest needs. I believe this beautiful Jesus who gives us grace upon grace from His fullness of life and light, will one day return to bring us back into community with Himself. I believe everything we suffer from in this life will be relieved in that day when He comes again. I believe that this Jesus does miracles in our lives every single day, if we open our eyes and truly SEE Him for who He says He is. The disciples at this point didn’t see Him, because they had yet to have their eyes opened and they hadn’t seen the resurrection yet. But we are Resurrection people, we know the truth of the life and death and resurrection from the dead of our amazing God-Man, Jesus. We know the later parts of the story, and we know the end that is yet to come. And, I can’t wait for that day.
As we eagerly await the day when we get to meet Jesus face to face, it is my prayer for you that God’s Word would be revealed to you in new and beautiful, life and light-giving ways. May you own your faith journey and make it a priority to read your Bible, be in Christian community, and serve and lead others to know the great, powerful Jesus. Parents, may you raise up your children in the faith, modeling faith and worship practices each day at home, each week in worship, and constantly pointing them to Jesus in all things. May each of us strive to be more and more like Jesus, selflessly serving and reminding others of the miraculous nature of our God, full of amazing grace and truth.