This was another post that I wrote while studying John’s Gospel Account, over 5 years ago. I happened to encounter this passage again when studying Matthew and it is amazing how timely this message is!
It is such a great reminder as I go through crises in my own life that God is still in control! Like Peter, I need to keep my eyes on Jesus as He walks on the water!
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How do you respond in times of crisis?
In the next scene in John’s gospel account, we see both Jesus and his disciples at a time of crisis. It is often at these times, when we are at our limits, that we find out what we have and what we truly need.
For Jesus, this was a critical turning point in his ministry. He has spent the last two and a half years presenting himself to the nation of Israel, showing that he is their king. Jesus had spent the entire day teaching and healing a huge crowd of over 20,000 people, and now they want to make him a king by force. The people like what he has to say and are interested in his miracles, but they refuse to submit to him as Lord. Jesus will spend his remaining year preparing both his disciples and himself for his…
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Timely indeed. Paul seemed to spend many hours in counsel to those in crisis. We should like the early church turn to Christ in our difficulty.
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