I AM ...
I'm seriously excited!
I'm excited that we worshipa Risen Saviour who claims to be all that we need, that we follow a man who had power and authority to heal, cleanse and save us. This past Sunday at New Heart Central we started a *NEW SERIES* called "I AM", where we will be looking at the claims of Jesus Christ throughout the Gospel of John.
We continue our conversation here, these blogs will give you the opportunity to post a question, offer an opinion, encourage the body of believers or maybe to just simply tell people where you are being challenged.
The Scripture we reflected on this week was John 6:15-21 ...
Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.
Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them. Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing. So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. But He said to them, “ It is I; do not be afraid.”
Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.
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The boat in this story is like a metaphor for life, we all have a life we are living, some of us are barely getting by in a canoe and others are able to do life in our luxuary cruiseliner. But we all do life, just like these disciples who get into the boat and try to get home to Galilee.
But something happens on the way home, LIFE HAPPENS, the hustle and bustle of life, the craziness of kids, the struggle of trying to balance time with family, church, work and everything else we try to fit in. And, unfortunately, like the disciples we leave Jesus on the mountainside, we leave Him and try to do life without Him.
The disciples have travelled 3 or 4 miles, trying to get home most probably from Bethsaida to Galilee which is a 7 mile trip. They are about half way, in the middle of this sea that is growing more and more unsteady. BUT something exciting happens, JESUS COMES TO THEM RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THEIR CRAZINESS.
And He doesn't just come to the disciples, He comes and claims something that they understood very clearly ...
"So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”
JESUS comes to them and says "It is I; do not be afraid."
A literal reading of this Scripture (because it was not originally in English) says this ...
“But He said to them, “I AM; do not be afraid.”
Do you know what Jesus is claiming here? It's the same phrase as what God said to Moses at the burning bush ... "I AM WHO I AM" (Exodus 3:13-14).
Jesus is claiming that He is God, and that if they were to only let Him into the boat they world not need to worry about the rising waves. Life is busy, you're busy, children can be stressful, work can be unbearable, families can be complicated and yet Jesus comes to us in the middle of our ocean and wants to come into our boats; because He is the I AM, God Almighty, all that we need in our lives.
I love the way this passage ends …
“Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.”
Look closer at the phrase …
“they willingly received Him into the boat”
When was the last time you willingly took Jesus into your life? I'm not talking recommitments or commitments, I mean when did you last allow Jesus to come in and be Lord over your decisions, your relationships, your future?
We not only should allow the I AM to come into our boats we should allow Him to guide and captain our boats to get us home ...
“and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.”
I don't know how this happened, but Scripture says that when Jesus came into the boat they were immediately at the land where they were going. Jesus has the potential to get us to the place we want and need to be faster.
So what is stopping you?
Jesus has come to you right in the middle of your ocean, your storm, and He claims that He is the I AM, God Almighty, and that if we were to allow Him into our boats we may find it easier to get where we want to be.