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

Some preachers believe that this was a miracle. Was it?


John 6:21 says “immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.”

It is either teleportation, or John has a theory that to will to be with Jesus is to be at the land where you are going. It is to be truly present. I think the story is far more powerful if understanding jesus pulls you out of the past and out of the future and grounds you now.

It makes everywhere you are equal to where you are going. That seems way more powerful than imputing teleportation powers on Jesus.

The knowledge of good and bad (Eden) is the fruit of how things should be different, not how they are. That knowledge is the fruit that Christ is the antidote to. At least that is my way of understanding freedom from sin.

Also, one walks on water when one’s ego evaporates. The ego is what Jesus identifies with in the garden (“I am”) and then kills on the cross in John 18-19. That is why he can “walk on water.” He is “empty” as in Philippians 2. Makes him float nicely. :)

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Matthew 14:28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind,e he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

34And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.

According to Matthew, it wasn't so immediately.

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  • that Matthew reported different details/had a different emphasis, doesn't mean to negate or disqualify another's recollections. It may still have been immediate, but his focus was on something else. – user48152 Jul 20 at 1:17
  • Immediately relative to what events? It seems the only explanation is that John was summarizing some of the events in Matthew/Mark. – user21676 Jul 20 at 5:15

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