Okay you are probably wondering where I came up with that title for this post. Well, it was from scripture. I knew about Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch, but recently I came across another scripture that I must have read lots of times (I couldn’t count how many)but it never hit me till now. Plus, I had a dream about writing this post. In the dream, which I had the other night, I was talking to some woman and telling her I was going to write this post entitled exactly as you see it and what it was about. I had already made up my mind days ago to write this but the fact that I dreamed about it as well told me I better hop to it and get it done. I have no idea what the significance of this post will end up being but…if the Lord wants it written, I write.
Okay let’s start out with Acts 8:39. But as a background,it is the story of Philip coming across an Ethiopian eunuch and was instructed by the Holy Spirit to go and tend to him. The eunuch was reading about the prophet Esaias and asked Philip who the prophet was referring to. Philip proceeded to tell him about Jesus. When they came to a body of water, the eunuch wanted to be baptized and so into the water they went and Philip baptized the eunuch. Now in verse 39 of Acts 8, it states: “And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more; and went on his way rejoicing.” In verse 40 it says that Philip was found in Azotus. Okay, so what happened is that Philip lowered the eunuch into the water and baptized him but as the eunuch came up out of the water Philip was gone. The Holy Spirit transported him from point A to point B, which in this case was Azotus. He may not have air-lifted Philip but used some other means to move Philip. After all, this is God. It amazes me that the apostles back then experienced such astounding things!
Now, let’s back up and go to John 6:21. The scene that leads up to verse 21 is one we all have read a million times and know well. In verse 15 Jesus had departed to be alone on a mountain after having fed a huge crowd of 5,000 men (not counting women and children). In verse 16, evening had come and the disciples went down to the sea. Verse 17: they entered into a ship and went over toward Capernaum. It was now dark and Jesus was not with them. Then in verse 18 and 19, a storm rose up and they rowed about 25 to 30 furlongs. (that would be 3.75 miles if they were 30 furlongs out to sea) They suddenly saw Jesus walking toward them on the water and they were afraid. Verse 20: He tells them not to be afraid “It is I,” he says. Verse 21: “They willingly receive Him into the ship and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.” So if they were on their way to Capernaum, they suddenly found themselves at Capernaum instantly. The sea they were on was the Sea of Galilee and it is just over 8 miles wide. So if they were almost 4 miles out, they were half way across the sea and they suddenly they were at Capernaum. God can transport anything in a blink of an eye and not be any method known to man. To me this is utterly amazing. I would be thunderstruck if I was in that boat. God defies all laws of physics (well He is God) and does things that blow me away.
Now also in Matthew 14:25-34 it also speaks of Jesus walking on water and this is where Peter gets out of the boat and goes toward Him. But in verse 34, they end up in Gennesaret which is on the opposite shore from Capernaum. In John 6:21 it plainly states that immediately the ship was at the land whither they went. I’m taking it to mean Capernaum, but even if it meant Gennesaret, they STILL arrived there instantly and they were just about half way across the Sea of Galilee. They had to row boats back then so they could never arrive anywhere instantly, except if God moved them instantly. Gennesaret, by the way, is not exactly on the shore of the Sea of Galilee but located a little inland.
This all proves how desperately people need the Holy Spirit because even having witnessed and experienced so many things that were fantastic beyond description, the disciples were still blockheads and still didn’t get it! Not until the Holy Spirit came did they finally understand. (This statement excludes the incident with Philip and the eunuch as Philip had the Holy Spirit at that time.) I am more referring to the disciples in the boat. This is something fantastic for us to think about and stand in awe of a Mighty God.
So as we think about the Lord Jesus and His arrival on earth we can appreciate so much more the privilege of having been called by Him. Still amazes me to no end that He called me.
Blessings to you all and Merry Christmas!