About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Walks On The Water (ch. 6:16-24)
verse 16 John tells us that when evening came the disciples got into a
boat and crossed the lake, which is Lake
I find it interesting that in Old Testament
tells us that Jesus did not go down to the lake with the disciples.
Why this was the case is not recorded.
My guess is that Jesus simply needed some time alone.
18 tells us that once the disciples were well into the lake, about three
to three and a half miles, the winds picked up and the lake became
This would have most likely caused concern and fear to come upon
the disciples even though they were used to the lake and storms.
It's well known that storms can blow up very quickly on the
20 tells us that Jesus told them not to be afraid.
At that point verse 21 states that the disciples were willing to
let Jesus into the boat, as if possibly they werenít so willing up
until He spoke those words.
the miracle of walking on the water was not enough, another miracle took
As soon as Jesus got into the boat the boat appeared at
is a scientific fact that if something goes fast enough, it will just
appear where it was going, and even pass through material objects on the
simply appeared in the upper room after He rose from the dead.
It could be quite possible that He traveled so fast that His body
simply passed through the door.
This might well be how angels travel as well.
section ends with the crowd of people who were filled with the loaves
and fish were somewhat confused the next day.
They knew that Jesus and His disciples only had one boat and that
the disciples had left without Jesus, but now they could not find Him.
Where He was they did not know.
They then assumed that somehow He headed towards
can see the crowds now really following Jesus wherever He went.
They went to great lengths to find Him and search for Him, yet
not all the people in the crowd were dedicated followers.
Many were thrill seekers, wanting only to see the miracles He was
Some were there in the crowd as agitators, hoping to trick Jesus
into saying and doing something in violation of the Law of Moses or
We know that Jesus didnít fully trust the crowd because He knew
what was in manís heart.
He certainly preached to them and extended the gospel to them,
but He did not give Himself to them as He did His close disciples.
When I say close disciples I mean more than the twelve apostles.
We do need to make the distinction between the twelve apostles
and the rest of the disciples.
The disciples were a greater number which included many women.
Somewhere around this time in Jesus' earthly ministry
He relocated his home to Capernaum.