Sunday, 21 February 2016

"Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obeyed him!"

Went on a walkabout today and caught some not-so-typical scenes of Singapore on my Canon Powershot S120 - something away from the hustle and bustle of the fast paced society - time seemed to have come to a standstill. These scenes reminded me of the stories in the Bible - about this man who can calm the storm on the sea, who can walk on water, and who can make us fishers of men.

Tucked in a little corner of West Coast Park - time seemed to have stopped.
These fishing boats certainly have witnessed the passing of time with the changing landscape of West Coast shoreline.


Who is this, whom is being mentioned? Who has such power and authority over the elements of nature?

In the Bible, Gospel of Mark, Chapter 4 writes that after Jesus had preached to a crowd and He and his disciples were crossing the lake (on a boat) to the other end, a furious squall came up. Jesus, awoken by his disciples, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!' and the wind died down and it was completely calm. 

Fishing boats are essential equipment needed for fishermen to make a living, but what is even more important to get a fruitful catch, is for the fishermen to be able to know where and when to fish.
This man, Jesus, may not be a fisherman like all his disciples, but in another story in the Bible recorded in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 5, revealed the power of this man, shown to his disciples before they followed Him.

When Jesus began to teach the people by the river Jordan, a few young men came to him
as followers, or disciples. Some of these men were Andrew and John, Peter and Philip and Nathanael. While Jesus was teaching near Jerusalem and in Samaria, these men stayed with Jesus; but when he came to Galilee, they went to their homes and work, for most of them were fishermen from the Sea of Galilee.

One morning, soon after Jesus came to Capernaum, he went out of the city, by the sea, followed by a great throng of people, who had come together to see him and to hear him. On the shore were lying two fishing boats, one of which belonged to Simon and Andrew, the other to James and John and their father Zebedee. The men themselves were not in the boats, but were washing their nets near by.

Jesus stepped into the boat that belonged to Simon Peter and his brother Andrew, and asked them
to push it out a little into the lake, so that he could talk to the people from it without being crowded too closely. They pushed it out, and then Jesus sat in the boat, and spoke to the people, as they stood upon the beach. After he had finished speaking to the people, and had sent them away,
he said to Simon Peter:

"Put out into the deep water and let down your nets to catch some fish."

"Master," said Simon, "we have been fishing all night, and have caught nothing; but if it is your will, I will let down the net again."

They did as Jesus bade them; and now the net caught so many fishes that Simon and Andrew could not pull it up, and it was in danger of breaking. They made signs to the two brothers, James and John, who were in the other boat, for them to come and help them. They came, and lifted the net, and poured out the fish. There were so many of them that both the boats were filled, and began to sink.

When Simon Peter saw this, he was struck with wonder, and felt that it was by the power of God.
He fell down at the feet of Jesus, saying: "Oh Lord, I am full of sin, and am not worthy of all this! Leave me, O Lord."

Who, then, is this man Jesus who can command the elements of nature and
who seemed to know nature at his finger tips?
Will you be fearful or be in awe if you know this person?
Or rather will you want to get to know this person?
But Jesus said to Simon, and to the others, "Fear not; but follow me, and I will make you from this time fishers of men."

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