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Cross The Danger Zone

Winds rattle. Thunder explodes. Lightning strikes. Waves pummel the sea at warp speed. Jesus steps onto the waters with ease. No hesitation. Only exaltation of His divine nature. He is God. He owns the elements.

Danger zone. Don’t enter, they say. Don’t cross there, they say. But Jesus entered. Jesus went. Jesus crosses every boundary to find you and make you His.

In John 6, the disciples sail into a storm, and are soon trapped in the clutch of the sea.

“The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing.” John 6:18

Danger alert: deadly waters. The disciples row harder and harder to escape the typhoon. But the only one who could save them was the creator of creation Himself: Jesus. Now Jesus makes His entrance. Jesus braves the danger zone.

“When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” ‭‭John‬ ‭6‬:‭19-20‬ ‭

Jesus walks upon a raging sea because He owns the sea. Nothing overcomes Him. Everything submits to Him. Once the disciples see Jesus, their hearts are at ease. The boat reaches land. Jesus leads them to their destination.

“Then they were glad to take Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.” ‭‭John‬ ‭6‬:‭21‬ ‭

In John 6:21, this word for “glad” in Greek is thelo, (conjugated version: ēthelon). It means “I desire, I will, I am willing, I intend to.” This reveals the significance of the disciples’ need for Jesus in this moment because, usually, fishermen would throw supplies overboard in the middle of a storm. To take someone aboard would make the boat more heavy and more likely to sink as the rain water filled the boat. But they take Jesus aboard! Gladly! Desirably! They wanted Jesus on the boat no matter the risk. They needed Jesus and desired to bring Jesus into the boat because they knew He was the only One who could save them. The very one whose body weight could make the boat sink was the very one whose presence was essential to their survival. Understand your essential need for Jesus.

Jesus is essential to your survival.

You need Jesus in the middle of your dangerous situation. No matter if you think He will put you at risk. No matter if you think He will make you more vulnerable. You need Jesus in your boat. You need Jesus in your situation. He is the only Savior for it!

Verse 21 says, “immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.”

They reach land with Jesus in their boat. They would not have reached land without Jesus because the boat would have sunk before reaching Capernaum. But Jesus wanted to show them how much they needed Him. That would be an experience they would never forget.

Danger zones become miracle zones when Jesus is with you.

Jesus ensures you reach your destination.

The storm will not hinder you. The elements will not hinder you. Your surroundings will not hinder you. Your environment will not hinder you. Jesus is Lord of the sea and Lord of the storm. He is Lord of all! Love Him and He will protect you from every danger.

Danger zones becomes holy zones when Jesus touches down.

In Exodus 3, Moses experienced the holiness of God touching down in the moment of His presence revealed in the burning bush.

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Exodus 3:5

The fire of this burning bush should be dangerous for Moses to be close to but it was not because of God’s control of it and God’s power in it. Yet, Moses is afraid in this moment of the burning bush and turns his face away.

“And He said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.” Exodus 3:6

God’s presence evokes fear for the one who beholds Him because of His supremacy. Yet, God asks Moses to partner with Him in liberating the Israelites from Egypt. The God whom should be feared is the God who wants to be one with us in personal relationship. There is no fear in this love.

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” 1 John 4:18

God perfects you in love. He loves you perfectly. Purely. Wholly. Fearlessly. So you can go on to love perfectly. Purely. Wholly. Fearlessly.

God’s bravery provokes your bravery.

Jesus’ goal in every miracle is for the people to believe in Him. Later in John 6, the people begin to follow Him more and more because of His miracle feeding the thousands of people. But Jesus makes it clear that He does not want them to follow Him based on what HE can give, but because they believe He is King. Jesus wants a Kingdom of loyal followers.

“Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”
‭‭John‬ ‭6‬:‭29‬ ‭

Follow Jesus with loyalty.

Jesus is loyal to the Father in Heaven. They act as one.

“So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of His own accord, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.”
‭‭John‬ ‭5‬:‭19‬

Jesus crosses the danger zone because the Father does. Jesus and the Father are one.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Jesus crossed the ultimate danger zone when He left the safety of Heaven to enter earth where sin and darkness inhabit the space. He did not hesitate. He did not question. He willingly came and jumped out of Heaven to die for us to rise to life so that we can rise to eternal life forever with Jesus.

By Jesus’ own willingness to cross the danger zone, we can now cross the holy zone of Heaven because God has deemed us worthy of dwelling with Him in perfect Zion, Heaven.

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.” 1 Peter 3:18

God braves the danger zone because He is God over everything. Trust in the God over everything.

Do what God does.

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