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Miracles At Sea

Jesus Christ lived nearly all of the first 30 years of His human life at Nazareth, an inland hills town overlooking the valley of Armageddon. The Messiah moved to Capernaum, a fishing town on the north shore of The Sea Of Galilee (which is actually a freshwater lake through which The Jordan River flows) after a series of decisive events: the temptation of Christ (see verses below), the end of John the Baptist's ministry, the prophesied purpose of which was to prepare the way for Christ's ministry, and the people of Nazareth attempting to murder the Christ for preaching the Truth: "4:28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 4:29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. 4:30 But he passing through the midst of them went his way, 4:31 And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days" (Luke 4:28-631 KJV).

Christ's move to Capernaum:

Sea of Galilee

"4:8 Again, the devil [see Devils] taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world [see Who Still Rules The World Today?], and the glory of them; 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

4:11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

4:12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison (see John's Last Days), he departed into Galilee;

4:13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: 4:14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, 4:15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven [see The Gospel of The Kingdom of God] is at hand." (Matthew 4:8-17 KJV)

"What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!"

The calling of The Twelve Apostles followed shortly thereafter. At least four of them, two pairs of brothers, were fishermen of the sea of Galilee: Peter and Andrew, and James and John (see also Do A Little Favor For Your Cousins?). It was inevitable that Christ would go out to sea with them.

"4:18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter [see Peter's Ministry], and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you Fishers Of Men. 4:20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.

4:21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. 4:22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him." (Matthew 4:18-22 KJV)

The Sea of Galilee can experience powerful storms that can form suddenly when dry, cold air from the surrounding heights flow down to meet the moist, warmer air over the lake. It was just such a sudden tempest that brought about Christ's famous miracle of calming the storm.

Sea of Galilee

"8:23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. 8:24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. 8:25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

8:26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?

Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

8:27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!" (Matthew 8:23-27 KJV)

Christ's other famous miracle at sea was His walking on the water - and helping Peter to do the same.

"14:22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. 14:23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. 14:24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.

14:25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 14:26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit [see also Ghost and Spirit: What's The Difference?]; and they cried out for fear.

14:27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

14:28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

14:29 And he said, Come.

And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 14:30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

14:31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

14:32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. 14:33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God." (Matthew 14:22-33 KJV)

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