Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 28, 2019

“So they were willing to receive Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.”

Today’s devotion comes from John 6:15-25.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+6&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses,

“Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, and after getting into a boat, they started to cross the sea to Capernaum.  It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.  The sea began to be stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.  Then, when they had rowed about three or four miles, they *saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat; and they were frightened.  But He *said to them, “It is I;  do not be afraid.”  So they were willing to receive Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.”   John 6:16-21.

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Do we try to use Christ as a means to obtain something?  Or, do we accept Christ as our end and destination?  

Would we rather have Christ’s presents or His presence?  

When a storm hits, do we seek calm seas or Christ?  

When we are hungry, do we seek whole wheat bread or whole life Christ?

When we turn 60 and panic and wonder what we have accomplished in this life, do we seek to number our works or to name our Savior?

Is Christ our truth and our life?   Or, do we seek something more?

In today’s Scripture, Jesus and His disciples were crossing the sea to Capernaum when the sea began to be stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.  The disciples were frightened.  Jesus said to them, “It is I;  do not be afraid”.

John 6:21 then simply tells us: “They were willing therefore to receive Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going”.

The key to this Scripture is not that the sea became calm.  It is not mentioned in this passage whether or not the sea became calm.  The key is that as soon as they were willing to receive Him, the boat was at the land to which they were going.

In a storm, man thinks: “I need safety.  I need the wind to stop blowing and the seas to calm.  If this storm does not stop, I will die.  “Jesus, calm the seas.”

The point of this Scripture is that there is something immensely more important than what Jesus causes or brings (Jesus’ presents, so to speak). Sometimes, Jesus may calm the seas.  However, what is most important is that Jesus’ presence is our end and destination.  Even if the wind continues to blow and the sea rages, if Christ is with us, we have the peace of knowing that we are where we should be.

“So they were willing to receive Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.”  John 6:21.

“But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.  More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,”  Philippians 3:7-9.

“I have been crucified with Christ;  and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me;  and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.  I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”  Galatians 2:20-21.

“Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life;  no one comes to the Father but through Me.”  John 14:6.

“…  In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.”  Ephesians 1:8-10.

“Then He said to me, “It is done.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.  I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.”  Revelation 21:6.


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