Jn.6:18-21 – The sea began to be stirred up because a strong wind was blowing. Then, when they had rowed about three or four miles, they *saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat; and they were frightened. But He *said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” So they were willing to receive Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.
This is one of those too good to be true kind of stories. The disciples were caught in a storm and were beginning to think they weren’t going to make it through the night. They actually thought they were seeing a spirit when Jesus came walking on the water. You can’t really blame them, what would you think if someone was walking on the water in the dark in a storm. On the other hand, their bellies were still full of bread and fish from the last miracle, now they were in the middle of another one. Just as Jesus stepped onto the boat they found themselves sliding on the beach on the other side. Dick Mills used to preach often about this miracle. Here are his thoughts on the word ‘immediately’.
“immediately, eutheos: From the adjective euthus, “straight.” Speedily, straightway, immediately, directly, presently, suddenly, quickly. The word describes what is happening right now in contrast to what happened before this time.”
In other words, the disciples were instantly transported from the middle of the lake to the beach. That was quite a shock. Here are some thoughts from Vincent’s wordbook on this miracle.
“Immediately – Whether Jesus actually entered the boat or not, John does not say. The more natural inference is that he did. Both Matthew and Mark say so. Their immediate and miraculous arrival at the shore was simultaneous either with their entertaining the wish to receive Him, or with His actually coming on board. Only John mentions this incident. Matthew and Mark say that the wind ceased.”
So what exactly does this story say to you and me? Life is full of storms and they are not always exactly as they appear. Rather than seeing your storm as the destruction of everything maybe its just a tool to bring Jesus on your boat. When He steps on the boat that’s when ‘immediately’ happens. You will be transported to the other side.