John 6:15-21  "When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone. 16 And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea, 17 And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them. 18 And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. 19 So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid. 20 But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. 21 Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went." Psalm 8:6  "Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:"

1 Corinthians 15:25  "For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.'

Ephesians 1:22 & 23  "22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all."

2 Timothy 1:7  "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."


In John 6 Jesus had just fed the multitude with a five barley loaves of bread and two fish and they still had twelve baskets of food left over. The people were so amazed by the fact that He fed them all with so little food and with all His miracles they wanted to make Him their king. Verse 15 says: "When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone." Meanwhile, his disciples got in the boat and crossed over toward Capernaum. After it became dark, a great wind came up tossing the boat around and the disciples were unable to bring it to shore. Then they saw Jesus walking toward them on the water and were afraid. Jesus said, "It is I; be not afraid." Matthew 14 says that "Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water." After Peter took a few steps he looked around and seeing how boisterous the wind was, became afraid and began to sink. Jesus stretched forth His hand and caught him and they walked on to the ship together. As soon as Jesus stepped on the ship the wind ceased and the sea became calm.

Do you sometimes feel like you are sinking in the sea of life? Do you want your life to become calm. Now I didn't ask if you wanted all your problems to disappear! But if you want calm in the midst of your sea of problems, Jesus can give you that. He has all things under His feet, including your sea of problems. He can stretch forth his hand and lift you out if you will only call out to Him for help. He can calm the winds of your life if you will receive him into your ship. Jesus walked on the water to demonstrate that he had all things under His feet. He wanted His disciples (and us) to see that they had nothing to fear in the forces of nature as long as He was near. He showed the multitudes that they need not fear starvation when they were in His presence. He taught Peter that as long as he had faith all he had to fear was fear itself. 2 Timothy 1:7 says that God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power. The only way we can have power is by taking Jesus' hand and letting him help us. Once we begin to look at the wind and doubt we will sink into the sea. Jesus has the sea under His feet but we have to hold onto Him if we are to stay on top of the water!


Notice that in the very next chapter the scribes and Pharisees come to Jesus trying to trap Him, then He has to deal with a girl who is devil possessed and after that He must feed another multitude of hungry people. I'm so glad He has all things under His feet! He can calm the winds, save us from shipwreck and drowning, bring us safely to shore, deal with the scoffers, take care of the devil and still have time to take us up to a mountain and sit us down at His feet and feed us! What a God!


Matthew 14:29-31  "And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?"

John 6:21  "Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went."



As soon as Peter cried out "Lord, save me," Jesus immediately stretched forth His hand and caught him. When we cry out to God to save us His response is immediate! Then, when the disciples received Him into the ship it didn't take them another hour or two to reach the shore. Verse 31 says immediately the ship was at the land whither they went. Another miracle? Yes, I think so! When we receive Him into our hearts and our lives, we are immediately saved. We will immediately have peace in our lives. Just be sure to hold on to Him, though, and stay in the boat!




The Master of the Sea

Verse I

While one night upon the sea
A ship was tossing to and fro
Breakers dashed on every hand
Angry winds around did blow
All on board were filled with fright
As the mighty tempest rolled
Then they called upon the One
Who the wind and waves controlled

Verse II

Though the storms of life may rage
And the billows round you roll
He can calm lifes troubled sea
As He did in days of old
As upon lifes sea you sail
Trust in Him who never fails
Im so glad He sails with me
Hes the Master of the sea


When He reaches out His Hand
Billows cease at His command
Wind and waves obey His will
When He says to them be still
What man is this they all did say
That the wind and sea obey
Hes the One who sails with me
Hes the Master of the sea

By: Squire Parsons


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