THE WAY TO THE FATHER part 5 – The God Who Stills the Roaring Seas (Jn. 6:14-21) – Steve Sudworth
Despite how difficult the storms are, we encounter Jesus and see Him in ways like never before; He is the God who rescues us from storms and calms the roaring seas.
- The God Who Stills The Roaring Seas
The Gospel of John was the last Gospel to be written, as such, it’s audience is a church in turmoil whose first generation of believers were beginning to die and a new generation of believers were beginning to rise up. He wrote to a new generation, who were not eyewitnesses, to give further detail and explanation of Jesus as the Son of God. Johns approach is rational and with through philosophical evidence to Christ Divinity. His goal was to answer the questions and objections of Jews & Greeks and bring them into a greater understanding of who Jesus is.
The Gospel of John was written somewhere around 80-95 AD during intense persecution. Christians were being kicked out of synagogues and families leaving them with no community, social contact, or means of work. Many Christians were reverting back to the law in-order to regain standing in the Jewish community. John write evangelistically urging the Church to fall more in love with Jesus.
In Chapter 6 we see Jesus directing the Disciples to get in a boat and head to Capernaum. In route, they encounter a vicious storm. The disciples, many of whom were fisherman by trade, we afraid for their lives and cried out to Jesus, who was sleeping peacefully.
Text: John 6: 14-21
1 Pet 1
2 Cor 4
There are so many rich and beautiful truths that can be drawn from this text. Jesus, knowing that the storm would come, directed the disciples to enter the boat. In a moment, he calmed the storm. The storm belonged to Jesus, he commanded it and it ceased. Just like the storms was face in our lives, Jesus was never out of control.
Suggested Discussion Questions
- What is your first reaction when you are caught in a “storm?”
- Where have you seen Jesus calm storms in your life?