A Supernatural Rescue



Have you ever longed for a supernatural rescue? This article explains what it is, where to get it, and how it happens.

There are times in our lives when we feel that we are in darkness, unable to see what's coming, we don't know what to do, we think that the winds of providence are against us, and our efforts aren't producing results. 

Sometimes we create these dark and desperate times through our choices. We stop walking by the Spirit and yield to the lusts of our flesh. We become trapped in a sin storm, darkness surrounds us, we're unable to break free, and we feel a real lack of God's presence.

And there are times when, by no fault of our own, a storm in life overtakes us. We find ourselves in dire circumstances, and we feel a great sense of doom. The Coronavirus pandemic is this type of situation for most of the world today. Indeed, there is no guarantee that any of us will see tomorrow, and many feel the storm of this virus might capsize the world as we knew it.  Many are asking, where is God in all of this chaos?

If you’ve identified with any of the above, this message is for you!

A Terrible Storm

Ship in a storm

“When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17 where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough.” John 6:16-18 (NIV) 

Notice The Wording Here

  1. They went down to the lake (John 6:16). The lake mentioned here is also called the Sea of Galilee. It is nearly 700 feet below sea level, so they definitely went down.

  2. It was dark (John 6:17). The sun had set, night had overtaken them, and it was dark.

  3. It was dangerous (John 6:18). A strong wind was blowing, and the waters grew rough, it was a challenging time in this storm.

  4. They might have felt deserted (John 6:17) as “Jesus had not yet joined them.” They had just witnessed Jesus’ miracle of feeding the multitude, now here they were in a dangerous storm without Jesus.

Maybe you've experienced life like this before. You've gone down, descended into something that feels like a hole. You've been overtaken by darkness, either physical or spiritual, and you can't see your way out. 

Then a storm arises, your circumstances are rough, they threaten to capsize you, and the threatening events of your life feel all-consuming. You wonder where Jesus is. He promised never to leave you nor forsake you, yet you feel very alone, isolated like He doesn't see you.

A Supernatural Rescue

Jesus Walking on Water

“When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened.” John 6:19 (NIV) 

Jesus was walking on top of that, which caused His disciples much distress. And as they watched Jesus treading on the waves of the sea, it should have told them exactly who was walking toward them because the Old Testament writer Job reveals that God, alone, can walk on water:

“He speaks to the sun and it does not shine; he seals off the light of the stars. 8 He alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea.” Job 9:7-8 (NIV) 

But instead of being comforted by the presence of God in the Person of Jesus, the disciples were frightened. Notice what Jesus says to his fearful disciples: “‘It is I; don't be afraid.’” (John 6:20).

A more accurate translation of the Greek is, “Don’t be afraid, the I AM is here.” Jesus revealed Himself to His disciples as God, the only One who can walk on water. But by announcing Himself as the “I Am,” it would remind the disciples of the first time God revealed Himself as the “I Am” to Moses. God revealed Himself to Moses in a burning bush, and Moses asked who He was, God said: “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you’” (Exodus 3:14). 

And what was the purpose that God came to Moses? To accomplish a rescue! Exodus 3:7-8 is a powerful passage:

“The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey.” Exodus 3:7-8 (NIV) 

Yes, God saw and heard and was concerned about His people, so He came down to rescue them, to bring them up to a spacious land. The Great “I Am” came down to bring them up.

And in the story of the disciples in the storm, once again, the “I Am” came down to rescue His disciples.

“Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.” John 6:21 (NIV)

Another Supernatural Rescue

Blood Breaks Chains

The gospel of Jesus Christ tells us that God has seen your misery in sin, He has heard your cries for deliverance from bondage, He cares deeply about you, so He came down to earth in a human body, went to a cross to remove your sin and guilt, to bring you up out of sin, clear to heaven. His death on the cross breaks our chains by freeing us from guilt and the power of sin and putting us (our old sinful selves) to death with Jesus. “We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin” (Romans 6:6-7).

Jesus then rose from the dead, victorious over sin that held us in bondage, over death that kept us in fear, over everything that terrifies us. Jesus rose victorious, having supernaturally rescued us from darkness and purchased our freedom and forgiveness through His death on the cross. “For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins” (Colossians 1:13-14). 

Application

Turn and look at the cross, and see Jesus, the Great I Am, coming down to rescue you and bring you up out of sin. His suffering is your healing, His punishment your peace, His death your life. And this rescue at the cross gives us tremendous confidence that He will rescue us from all troubles and perils of this life:

“He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us!” 2 Corinthians 1:10 (NIV) 

And what is your role and my role? John 6:21 tells us:

“Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.” John 6:21 (NIV)