Monday, September 15, 2014

in our midst

After the disciples had seen Jesus feed the 5,000 he sent them back across the Sea of Galilee in a boat while he went into the hills to pray. A few more wonders soon followed. Mark, chapter 6, tells us that when the disciples were in the middle of the sea Jesus saw them struggling to row against some rough water. That has to be supernatural as the disciples were miles out of the range of natural vision. A second wonder took place as Jesus walked toward them on the water. They thought he was a ghost and cried out in fear. Jesus says something that we can benefit from as well. "Don't be afraid," he said. "Take courage! I am here." A third wonder took place as he climbed into the boat and the wind immediately ceased. The next few statements are very important. We are told that the disciples were amazed because they "still didn't understand the significance of the miracle of the loaves." You see, even though the disciples had seen Jesus do numerous miracles they still hadn't grasped the greater meaning. The greater meaning is that the one who does miracles is God, himself, and God, himself, is in their midst. And this is the greater meaning for us as well. God, himself, is in our midst. Miracles, from God's point of view, are normal activity. He is the creator of all and all the material world must submit to him. With the disciples we need to grasp the significance of the reality of God being in our midst...for he very much still is!
Rob Smith

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