January 8, 2020
Beloved, if God so loved us,we also must love one another. . . God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him. 1_Jn_4:11-18
After the five thousand had eaten and were satisfied, Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side . . . they were tossed about while rowing, for the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them walking on the sea. . . . he spoke with them, “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!” He got into the boat with them and the wind died down. They were completely astounded. They had not understood the incident of the loaves. On the contrary, their hearts were hardened. Mk_6:45-52
Imagine one day, you’re sitting there in your nice, comfortable, secure home, and all of a sudden, the entire building picks up off the ground and begins to fly around in space.
And then, imagine, as you’re spellbound by the views of the tops of the clouds out your window, where the lake, and the highway, and the shopping plaza used to be, THERE – is a human person, standing on the clouds; with no plane, and no wings, and no oxygen mask.
And just as he steps through that front door of yours, just as suddenly as it all happened, there you are, back on the ground: with the service people taking care of your needs, and the intercom blaring, and the bridge games being played, just as if nothing ever happened. And the man says to you, “Didn’t you understand the reason for it all?” And you have to pinch yourself, just to make sure that you really are still alive.
If we went back 2000-years, that’s about as close of an example as we can get to the wild experience the disciples went through on that sea. You see, that Sea of Galilee was the natural home to Peter and his companion fisherman.
They knew when it was calm, and they knew when it could be too dangerous to be out in a boat. And yet, that’s exactly when Jesus made them go out. And their little excursion was really a beautiful testimony to their obedience.
After seeing Jesus feed 5000-people from a little more than nothing, they were pretty close to shell-shock already. But it never occurred to them that all of that – was just a prelude for what was to come.
And it wasn’t about the hungry people. And it wasn’t about the lack of money to feed them. And it wasn’t even about a mighty and miraculous sign. What the Apostles did not understand, was that the “Miracle of the Loaves” was really – all about WHO Jesus was and WHY He was there.
You see, it wasn’t about taking their breath away with incredibly un-natural events. But it was about taking their breath away with an incredibly NATURAL Love.
A love of father and mother for their children. A love of husband and wife for each other. A love of God for all of us. A love so unnaturally – natural that God would put-on our human flesh to express it; He would feed the hungry, heal the sick, walk on water, revive the dead, and even be willing to allow Himself to be nailed on a cross – in order to prove to us – that WE have that very same Love within us.
Ever notice, beloved, that whenever we do, or think, or say anything that is NOT based on LOVE there’s a little pin prick that pierces our side. We might call it conscience, but it really is God’s Love within us that we’re piercing with our own un-love!
It’s the same God, that we could see walking on water, and feeding us and calming our storms, and levitating our buildings when we just recognize Him, when we understand!
Ever wonder why some people are always so miserable? It’s because they are constantly pricked by their own pins of un-Love. All they need is to understand, that it’s not about the external serving us. But it’s all about – us serving God’s LOVE – because it IS there within every one of us!
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