Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
It is one of the strangest stories in the New Testament. Jesus, shrouded in darkness, comes to his disciples – walking on the water, no less. Not surprisingly, it terrified them. I am sure I would have had a similar reaction.
Still, it remains one of the greatest testimonies to the fact that Jesus was more than just a popular rabbi. He was – he is – the long awaited Christ.
Of course, the question still remains – do you believe it?
It seems every day the news if filled with reasons not to believe.
Church leaders are tried and convicted of the most horrible of crimes. The institution is wrapped in controversy instead of being free to proclaim the gospel. Many churches struggle to keep their doors open, while others are experiencing explosive growth.
What makes the difference?
Faith. It all comes down to believing that God can, and still does, perform the miraculous. We are called to believe that the Church is still a wonderful and needed thing – the Body of Christ – at work in a fallen world.
Do you believe it? I still do – because all this is NOT dependent on the success of fallible human beings. It is the work of God – miraculously done – THROUGH fallible human beings – a miracle in itself.
Jesus Christ is more than a ghost. He is the Way, the Truth, the Life.
Come, Lord, walking on the dark waters to save us, once again.