A Weekly Devotional
from Steve Higginbotham
Jesus Walked On Ice
by Steve Higginbotham
April 11, 2006
An oceanographer from the Florida State
University and his colleagues suggested this week that rather than walking
on water, Jesus may have walked on a "hard-to-see patch of ice."
In Matthew 14:22-33, the Bible teaches that Jesus walked on water, and approached his disciples who were in a boat in the middle of the sea, being tossed by the waves. According to the text, when the disciples saw Jesus approaching, Peter jumped out of the boat and walked on the water to join Jesus.
But how, one may ask, could such a feat take place? Ah, according to these researchers, they were not walking on water at all, but instead were simply walking on a patch of ice. No miracle, but rather a natural explanation.
Really? Wonder how Jesus kept his balance on this small patch of ice in the middle of a storm tossed sea? Sounds more like it would require surfing rather than walking. If this event is to be understood by mere natural explanations, then what was Jesus doing walking on a patch of ice in the middle of the Sea of Galilee during the "fourth watch of the night" (that is, the pre-dawn hours of the early morning)? And what about Peter? Did he just happen to jump out of the boat and onto the same patch of ice upon which Jesus was walking?
Friends, it amazes me how unwilling some are to accept the reality of the miraculous. Rather than accepting the miracles as recorded in the Bible, people place themselves in unenviable position of espousing theories that require more "faith" than the miracles themselves.
I'm of the opinion that the only "ice" involved in this story is the "thin ice" upon which these researchers are walking. What do you think?
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