Day 16 (Sea of Galilee)

Today we took a three hour bus ride to the Sea of Galilee and a three hour bus ride back from the Sea of Galilee. I am able to sleep on bus rides so for me long rides are no problem. Our first stop we took a boat across the Sea of Galilee. This boat was a modern boat, not similar in any way to the fishing boats of Jesus’s time.

This is a video of Dr. Davis speaking to us before we spent time with the Lord on the boat that we took across the Sea.

Today there was fog in the air and it was slightly difficult to see far away because of the fog. This caused me to reminisce on the setting which the disciples found themselves in during the storm when Jesus walked to them on water. It made me realize why the disciples mistook Jesus for a ghost. The fog makes it difficult to see and I am sure that fog amplifies at night in the darkness.

This is certainly one of the most known stories about Jesus and one of the most interesting ones. The fact that Jesus defied the natural laws by walking on water is what we would expect of a superhero. Maybe this is why American Christians are so fascinated by this story. It turns Jesus into a kind of superhero. To perform miracles is great but when Jesus does something such as this it shows that he is limited by nothing. Just as Dr. Davis said in the video, what had just happened was the beheading of John the Baptist. I can imagine that the disciples were being terrorized at the thought of their own beheading. Then a storm came in and waves began to bash their boat. Could their situation get any worse? If the waves don’t capsize their boat and possible kill them they may be beheaded!

Jesus did not do anything without meaning. John 6:16-21 says,

When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.”

When Jesus said, “It is I!” he was not just informing them of some simple piece of information. He was informing them of the greatest defense against any fear that exists. Jesus didn’t say this to inform them that nothing bad was going to happen to the disciples on earth. Many of the them suffered horrific deaths. He was giving them a much deeper revelation. A revelation that transcends this world. A revelation that can be interpreted, “to live is Christ, to die is gain.” A revelation that can be translated, “If our God is for us, who can be against us?” There is no fear that can stand toe to toe with Jesus, there is no fear that can tell Jesus, “you’ve met your match,” and there is no fear that Jesus cannot destroy with the flick of his finger. Everything is in submission to Christ, nothing operates without his knowing, and nothing is free from his sovereign knowledge.

So after you have read this, take some time and just focus in on the fact that you have absolutely nothing to fear. Place all of your worries aside and cast all your cares on Jesus. As a Christian your future is certain and that future is to spend eternity with your creator, God Almighty the one who was, and is, and is to come.

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