Walking on Water

When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the LORD shall lift up a standard. (ISA59:19)

The gospels tell of an instance where Jesus, walking on the waters of the sea (of Galilee) in the midst of a boisterous storm, approached his disciples' ship, and almost went by, but they called-out to him, to discover his identity, whether a ghost, and he replied and came to them. John adds an interesting insight to the telling: he records that earlier when Jesus had orderly fed the multitudes from a few loaves and fishes supplied by a young lad, whose receptive attitude toward sharing his God-supplied catch upon loving request to the greater good of his people Jesus approved, the people had wanted to make him (Jesus) king. This is a vital point, for Jesus retreated up the mountain, having sent the multitude away: he did not want to be a king over friends and neighbors, but over the elements of mortal mind, and of the Earth. So after his disciples left, too, by boat, Jesus relived that sweet, exalting, adulation, not wasted on Earthy lusts: from his higher vantage he looked-out over the breeze-ruffled sea, and noticed a course where the waves blew shallow (as Moses had done a thousand years earlier at a shallow reed swamp (or fresh-water bay) beyond the northern end of the Red (Reed) Sea). Stepping-out then across the waves, not of humanity's upheld hand but of mortal mind purified of error and fear, he walked quickly, buoyed-up, held-upright by that pure adulation of spirit manifested earlier over the crowd of those thousands of listeners, partakers, and healed folk; and he walked reassured through its clamorous, stormy, collective breath of praise.

Now, as Jesus approached the ship, Peter requested Jesus bid him come to him on the water; Jesus said, come. The same adulating crowd of waves gathered at Peter's feet. But alas, Peter was uncomfortable and wary of not-so-handy waves, impetuous but slow to act once there, for he feared to leave Jesus and follow his own Christ-course, and being heavy trained-up against (the) adulation, began to sink into their stirred mucky sand subsurface; and he called to Jesus a second time. This time Jesus reasserted his anointing of Peter (later chosen to head his church), by reaching-out and holding Peter; again the adulating crowd of waves met Peter, and he walked stepping across the muck quickly with Jesus until they entered the boat. And immediately the clamorous winds of praise ceased, and the adulating crowd of waves calmed: the storm had never really been a storm, but remained only so long as Jesus was watching the crowd of waves for its telling shallows. And the boat itself then hit bottom, for without Jesus' weight they could not tell shallow from deep water by floating; and all their vigorous paddling had not been against contrary winds but into the stiffer muck below, for they discovered they were already at their destination: such a joke on themselves they'd played-along-with ... so they told everyone how Jesus had surprised them so silly, for we all seem to live superficially, yet Jesus showed us how shallow is material belief, and how much progress we're really making spiritually.

It is also interesting to note that this same chapter, John:6, next contains Jesus' least understood explanation: he told the people (the Jews) to eat his flesh and drink his blood; and many turned away, for the years had been lowering to drought, the lake (sea) run low, and the people murmurred for fear of having no good planting in the Spring, for harvest. Indeed, Jesus feeding the multitude proved to them that they could survive the summer if they would but listen to him (not eat him). But a careful reading shows that Jesus was watching nature again, and his authority over weather: beginning with the true (the whole) bread (the balancing fluffy cloud) of life, the inspired soul of life, coming down to Earth like the fine misting rain, blessing blossom, bud, and leaf. But eventually if one has not caught-on to this natural necessary inclination to spiritual thinking, refreshment, blessing like showers, then as with the broken cisterns of Jeremiah's lamentings which held no water, the freshness of the spirit hits human belief (in clay powers) and loses its appeal: the rain turns the soil to muddy puddles: the spirit of Christ seems to become a fleshy pool of blood (that is, flesh and blood obscure the Christ in the spiritual understanding or Life, by seeming to be alive with it, as must necessarily be the case because the Christ does not return void: it does reach the flesh and blood, and replenish it, as does the rain, and it does refresh the spiritual understanding, or higher discernment of man), and if you want it then, if you've not caught-on yet, if you didn't catch it in early childhood, then, scoop-up the mud, eat the flesh and blood - well, you don't really ... you 'cook' it, you let the puddles soak into the soil, you let the pools swell and run into rivulets, and into streams and lakes, and there you may again drink it fresh and sweet ... strike the rock, dig and drill deep the well - but if you don't get it there, it gathers into salty seas, and to a different kind of animals mostly. See, his whole story was not grotesque but spiritually inspired by nature's own workings and supplies. Indeed it also foretold that they who did not catch-on at first would slay him for what little they might find (and remember, at the crucifixion there spilled forth water mingled with blood). And thence that would flow into rivulets and streams that would refresh his church (as Catholicism has been that muddled spirit-in-the-flesh, as muddy-water-everywhere after the rain, with the flesh and blood of martyrs, till the flow ran pure) and thence to the wider currents of Truth, leading to the settling lakes of a broad, regular, pure Christianity (ruffled with protestant clamor of rejoicing for that purity) and ultimately to the rise of the beast (living creature) of Christian Science at the golden shore of the peaceful sea of Love, salty with DANIEL's increase of knowledge.

We may append a few notes here, that, Jesus told Peter that when he was old he'd be carried-about where he might not wish to go - a little of that stormy versification, but meaning, Peter would be carried wherever that breath-of-praise took him, wherever that exalting adulation carried him, for indeed, Peter was Jesus' designated Earth-shepherd (Jesus himself being not of this world, and having other folds, and being sent-on to his next assignment). Also, second, Jesus walked on the fresh water lake, not the (other) salty water (Dead Sea) lake in Judea - he left the salty ocean of accumulated dissolved intellect for Peter (and us) to prove later in the flow. (Recall St. John's REVELATION of a new Earth where is no more [deep] sea, and his prior yearning REVELATION:10(1) of an angel with one foot on land (island) and one foot on sea, and holding a pound of salt tasting like honey: the word LIBRA, or TEKEL, meaning, a book, a balance, a weight, a unit-pound, as of a Roman soldier's salary of salt - exiled on an island in the Mediterranean Sea, St. John could 'taste' his freedom to also walk upon that salty sea: sweet as honey, but bitter in the belly to drink it or sink in).

[We must note here in closing that the plausible actual would become speculative if we merely imagine what persons may have done, said, meant ... the importance is in the demonstration of the Christ Science: not to rediscover that which is today abundant, but discern and live it]


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