He Walks on Water
“And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.”
What happens if a man tries to walk on water? The answer is that his feet would sink into the water.
Of course, it is possible for people to float. This is because of the buoyancy produced by the force of the displaced water. But if you tried to set your feet on the surface of a body of water, the pressure produced by the weight of your body, through the small surface area of the soles of your feet, is too great for the buoyancy to counteract it.
So, scientifically speaking, Jesus could not walk on water. But Matthew’s Gospel reports in chapter 14 that He did just that. At the beginning of John’s Gospel, we are reminded that all things were made for Jesus, by Jesus and through Jesus. Jesus is, therefore, the One who invented gravity and buoyancy. As the Creator of these forces, He could do what He likes with them, even subverting them, if He so chose.
It is interesting that most Christians can accept that Jesus had control over gravity. And yet, so many Christians still fail to believe that God made the world the way He said that He did in Genesis 1. Why is it so difficult to believe that the One who could walk on water, in defiance of what modern scientists say, could create a universe and inform us in His word of exactly how He did it?
Prayer: We praise You, Lord, that You made all things well. When we look at all that You made, we just have to stand in awe at Your Holy Name. Amen.
Author: Paul A. Bartz
Ref: Encyclopaedia Britannica, < https://www.britannica.com/science/buoyancy >,
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