Eyes on Christ (Part 1)

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Matthew 14:22-33 NIV

Heavenly Father, please speak to us today. Help us be hearers of the word as well as doers of the word. In Jesus name we pray ~ Amen

There is so much in this passage – so many things to learn and think on. But today our priority is to learn to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. Seek Him first. Look past the storms and troubles of this world, look past our fears and anxiety, look past anything trying to distract you, look past even the things that are good gifts from the father – Look at Jesus and don’t be distracted.

Jesus sent His disciples ahead in the boat. Not an uncommon thing for him to do, but just look at what happened this time:

“Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves.” Matthew 14:24 NLT

They were not just in little waves – they were ‘in trouble’.  Jesus was off, who knows where, in peace, praying – and His disciples were in trouble.  Can you imagine what they must have been tempted to think?  Talk about feeling forsaken!

As we look around at current events on a global scale – have you wondered if God has pulled back His spirit, are we forsaken?  Is this a time like Noah’s time, when God destroyed the world because of their evil? Is this at all comparable to Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed by God because of their evil? What of today?
God spared the world in the early 1940’s when evil ran ramped all over the world and Hitler targeted God’s chosen people. Are the days we are living with as evil as then? 
But then we see so many scriptures being fulfilled in new ways and the global scene being set for the reign of the antichrist as also prophesied in the Bible.  We can literally feel the principalities of fear, greed, and chaos sweeping over the globe and troubles multiplying and coming against us.  

No matter how we look at our current times – we are in a small rickety boat in the midst of a storm – and we are in trouble.  And where is Jesus?
This is SO BEAUTIFUL!!! He is praying!! Yes! He is at the right hand of the Father (who is pretty busy with a lot of huge global events and planning Christ’s return for His church) and there sit’s Jesus saying: hey dad, Tom needs encouragement, and Mary needs healing, and dad, Robert needs to be saved so can we tell someone to go to him? Dad, one of your children just asked that you intervene in the life of her friend who has slipped away, can I go get him? And dad, Sam has a business meeting today that is making her anxious, can we calm her and work out a good outcome? Oh no! Dad! Kyle is about to wet his pants because there is no bathroom yet – let’s help him hold it!!!

” Christ Jesus who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” Romans 8:34b NIV

Yes – Jesus is praying. Interceding on our behalf. Asking God to work all things for the good. Can I get an AMEN?!?!

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 NIV

That night, I have no doubt, Jesus was praying for His disciples (as well as anything else he was praying about). I am sure Jesus could have walked around the lake, taken a different boat the next day, maybe road a donkey? I am sure Jesus did not have to walk on water to get to them.  But what I also know from this passage – is that Jesus knew his friends were in trouble and he went to them and got there the fastest way he could.  He literally changed the laws of physics to get to them.

Note also, it was almost dawn.  The night had almost past.  I can’t help but think that at first, the disciples had things under control. A few of them were seasoned fishermen. They were well able to handle things… for a while… but as the night raged on, the men grew tired (both physically and mentally after a day of ministering and learning with Jesus).  That was when Jesus came.  The troubles must come, but God has a plan and Jesus as already overcome!

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV

And when Jesus climbed in the boat – the storm died down.

Today, acknowledge that Jesus is praying for us. God knows our situation and send help at just the right moment.  Jesus has overcome – we need to keep our eyes on him.

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

~Grace be with you ~ Love one another ~
~Thank you for reading ~ Be healthy and blessed ~
~ Watch and Pray ~

**If you want to have a relationship with Jesus, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**