Into the Boat – Br. Luke Ditewig

Br. Luke DitewigJohn 6:16-21

In the dark while crossing the lake, a strong wind whips the waves wild. Tense, holding on tight, they row in the rough three or four miles, straining, anxious.

Yesterday evening we chanted Psalm 107, including:

“Some went to the sea in ships and plied their trade in the deep waters.

A stormy wind arose, which tossed high the waves of the sea.

They mounted up to the heavens and fell back to the depths;

their hearts melted because of their peril” (v23-26).

There in the middle, in the storm, on the sea, in the dark, a figure appears, walking on water. Jesus sparks further fright in the night.

Jesus says: “It is I. Do not be afraid.”

“Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land towards which they were going.” When Matthew and Mark tell this story, they emphasize Jesus calming the storm. John points out that they reached the land, their destination. The disciples made it safely and miraculously.

Welcoming Jesus into our boat, in our life, indeed into our fear, means we will make it. We will arrive, or by welcoming Jesus he will bring us home. Psalm 107 says: “He brought them to the harbor they were bound for” (v30).

What is dark and scary? What melts your heart? Jesus comes, indeed will come, in the midst, in the dark, in the storm. We may be all the more frightened at first because Jesus shows up where it seems impossible.

Welcome Jesus into the boat, into your life, indeed into your fear. Surprisingly, miraculously, Jesus will bring you home, to the harbor you are bound for. Again from Psalm 107: “Let [us] give thanks to the Lord for his mercy and the wonders he does for his children” (v31).

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  1. Pamela Post-Ferrante on May 16, 2020 at 10:06

    Very comforting sermon. Very well written. Thank you.
    It has always been one of my favorite passages.

  2. Sandra Ahn on May 16, 2020 at 08:46

    Br Luke,
    Thank you for once again for sharing this lesson of God’s boundless love. We are never alone; God is our protector, our guide. “We praise you, we bless you, we adore you. We give you thanks for your great glory.” Amen.

  3. Rev Dr Melinda Contreras-Byrd on May 16, 2020 at 08:26

    I have been blessed by waking up to
    You each day for several years.
    I am thankful to all of you, not just for the inspiration of your words, but for accepting the sacrificial call that put you in the position to be an ongoing blessing to Gods people. I am an AME pastor and your words often serve as inspiration for what I will share during our weekly conference call noontime meditation during this sheltering time. May God richly bless each of you in new and joyful ways.

    • Rick Porter on May 20, 2023 at 08:39

      It is now 2023 and the world faces a whole new set of sad and frightening things occurring around the world. The seas are high and scary. But Jesus remains there as our anchor, our port in the storm, our inner peace in the face of turmoil. These daily sermons from the brothers also left me up out of the never ending events of life that try to take me down. God uses the bad for good. My task is to remember that, to see the light of Jesus through the fog of fright. Bless you in your ministry.

  4. SusanMarie on May 16, 2020 at 08:00

    Important message; beautifully written. Thank you for the encouragement today.

  5. Jean on May 16, 2020 at 07:11

    Thankyou Luke for this message more applicable than ever as we persevere from day to day
    In these days of isolation Spring 2020 The Psalms are full of comfort.

  6. Frances on May 1, 2015 at 07:37

    “Welcome Jesus…. into our fear.” Timeless words to internalize.

    • Jeanne DeFazio on May 16, 2020 at 09:05

      This is so wonderful. God bless you all!

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