From the Headmaster's blog...
Posted 29 November, 2018
Fear Ends Where Faith Begins
The saying has been on the front of the Waratah Weekly every week this year. We all have faith in something. What do you believe in? Does your belief extend to miracles?
Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land,
buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”28“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.
Walking on water is a miracle, defies earthly logic. I am a Science teacher and so I looked it up and found the scientific explanations. I was left more confused -
Some say there must have been a shelf near the shore and Jesus walked out along it. BUT - the
timing was before dawn and the disciples had left Jesus earlier in the evening so they had gone far out into the lake (and we are actually told that the boat was a considerable distance from the land): AND, how could Peter strangely find the same shelf of underwater land coincidentally touching the boat: AND these were fishermen - their whole life had been spent on that lake. They were very afraid when they saw Jesus. It is unlikely that they would have fallen for the old “walking on the submerged shelf of land in the middle of the very deep lake trick”.
Others say Jesus was probably actually riding on a low-profile boat: BUT they were in a storm and a small low profile boat could not have made the journey and if it did, He would have been frantically keeping his small boat afloat.
One wag even believes that Jesus found a floating iceberg, ditched his low profile boat and walked across the ice-berg. Fear ends where faith begins. Why would these scientists hold so fast to a more unlikely explanation than believe in a miracle? What do they fear? Is it faith that they fear?
I believe in the miracle. I believe that Peter is able to walk across the water when he has his eyes fixed on Jesus. His faith is strong. He is doing the impossible but all things are possible for the person who created the water in the first place. The Creator controls the creation. Peter’s fear ends where his faith begins. Then Peter lets his faith waiver. He looks at the wind and the storm and takes his eyes off Jesus. Peter’s faith weakens as his fear grows. Faith ends and fear begins. So Jesus catches
Peter as he sinks. He supports his steps across the water back to the safety of the boat. Faith is
restored. Fear is defeated.
Fear Ends Where Faith Begins.