No Other Name Week 5: Walking on Water
Pastor Dan’s sermon, “Walking on Water” in the “No Other Name” series is available to watch or listen to right here!
So grateful for Jill sharing her story with us on Sunday! She experienced a true miracle — God healed her! It was such a good reminder that our God who healed back in Bible times, still heals today!
This week we talked about Jesus walking on the water in John 6. The way John records this event is simple and to the point. First of all, God’s power is incomparable. Pastor Dan pointed us to Psalm 29, which is so powerful that I think we need to read it all together right now:
Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is majestic.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord strikes
with flashes of lightning.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord twists the oaks
and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
11 The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.
Here’s what gets me about that Psalm — this is the voice of the Lord. Not His legs, not His back, not His muscular arm, not even His finger. This is simply His voice — breaking ceders, thundering, shaking the desert. Our God is majestic and powerful. Nothing is out of His control. Nothing in our lives is too big for Him or beyond His understanding. So we can trust Him with it — whatever the storm is. We can trust Him.
The second point Pastor Dan pointed out was God’s reassuring presence. When Jesus walked on the water, He told the disciples, “I Am. Don’t be afraid.” Jesus does something significant here. Like Pastor Dan said, the first time we hear I AM, is when God reveals His special name to Moses at the burning bush. I AM is kind of an odd name and people have pondered at exactly what it means for a long time. But in general, I take it to mean that God is who He is. He always has been and He always will be. I think it is a reminder of His presence with us. I think it implies all that we have to learn about His character — which God continues to show His people through the events of the Exodus and throughout the rest of the Bible.
What is amazing is that when I AM is with us, we do not need to be afraid or be dismayed. “Do not be afraid” shows up bazillions of times in the Bible, and Jesus continues the tradition. The presence of God with us takes away fear.
So, this week, let’s take whatever circumstance is overwhelming us or bringing us fear, and let’s trust Him. He is with us. He is more powerful than whatever is happening. He sees us. He knows what’s going on. He comes to our side. He helps us. Invite Him in to whatever is going on in your life. He wants you to know that He is with you and you need not fear because of His great love for you.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. — Isaiah 41:10