Going Deeper… (John 6:15-21)

Here are some questions based on last Sunday’s sermon text (John 6:15-21), in case they’re helpful to you for personal growth or group discussion…

  • [15] The occasion of Jesus’ walking on the sea is connected to the Sign of the Loaves recorded just prior and explained immediately following (see Mark 6:51-52). Jesus gives himself and his relationship to the Father for the life of the world, and commissions his disciples to carry this “Bread” to the multitudes. The sea is, throughout the Scriptures, a picture of the godless nations raging against God (especially in John’s “Revelation”). Historically, the church has been symbolized as a boat upon this sea. Just as the actual sea is overwhelming and entirely beyond the disciples’ control, so is our mission to the Gentiles utterly overwhelming. In what ways are you tempted to fear the world as you carry Christ to unbelievers?
  • [19] What kind of King is able to walk upon the sea? What kind of King is able to claim “all authority in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18)? How does this reconcile with the fact that Jesus is the kind of King who was crucified, put to death by the nations (John 19:19)? How does Jesus’ Kingship—his particular kind of authority—give you comfort and courage in your mission to make disciples?
  • Read the parallel account of the same event in Matthew 14:22-33. Peter—rather boldly!—asks Jesus to command (and therefore enable) him to walk out to him on the water. What could be the Gospel significance of this feature of the Sign of the Sea? How does Peter’s whole experience on/in the water apply to your life with Christ and your mission/evangelism?