Keeping it light today, we’ll get more heavy into this later on, but we are going to dive deep into those waters Jesus walked on so long ago.
The very next night after the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus is doing another of his great miracles. He’s fed the masses, escaped those same masses who wanted to make him king by force, sent his disciples across the Sea on a boat, and gone up the mountain and prayed by himself. And now his disciples are in trouble, out on the sea, and here comes Jesus, walking on water to come to them.
This is not Jesus doing tricks. It’s not even primarily a miracle, although it’s obviously miraculous. No, it’s a sign. That’s what John wants you to know, he’s been telling us repeatedly. He never uses the word miracle, he calls these signs. But what does this sign point to? There are only seven signs in John’s gospel, which is very few. Matthew, Mark and Luke have dozens, but John only has seven. And what does this sign of Jesus walking on the water in the middle of the dark and stormy night point us to?
In many different ways, it’s pointing to this, and we will work it out, but it’s pointing to this – Jesus is Lord.
Jesus walks to the disciples in the middle of their storm, he walks to us in the middle of our storms, and he is Lord of all, even the winds and the waves and the sea. Think about it.
“When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.” John 6:16-21 ESV.