Eternal Now, For Always.

God

; Eternal Now For Always.

John 6:16-21, Revelation 10:6

The sea had risen strongly with the wind.
Waves reaching high, landmarks lurching and vanishing.
Sails down, passage slow: laboured rowing all that was possible.
Heavy perspiration now uniting our efforts,
Fighting the elements, fighting latent fear with age-old fisherman courage.
Rowing together, rising and falling together,
Safety some way distant.
Sweat is blinked from the eyes.
There’s someone on the sea!
Head shakes, checks again. There!
Gone. Did you see? There! Look!
Hallucination shared by all? It’s Jesus! It can’t be!
What’s he standing on?
He’s walking towards us!
Our oars crash together in our disbelief and fear. Ever nearer!
What’s happening?!
“It is I: be not afraid.”
Somehow he is suddenly by the side of the boat, and we urge him to get on board.
I am first to reach out my hand.
He takes it firmly, – no spirit then, – and he is on board! He didn’t need to climb up.
Perplexed, I keep holding, feeling new strength,
Powerfully pleading with all my thoughts for understanding,
Searching his eyes,
Finding the embrace of Love for each one of us.
His knowledge of unquestioned infinite power
Mocking all material law.
And in that millisecond of communication,
In that recognition of his utter dominion,
Time became irrelevant. It was simply no more.

“and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went”.

Scarce-believing, we looked at each other, the boat safe on the shore. How did we get here? How did Jesus get to us? Why weren’t we tired from hours of rowing? What happened to the storm?
So many questions, but we were safe; safe the instant he stood on board.
And in that immediacy of timelessness, no further footsteps taken,
I found his hand still holding mine,
His eyes still reaching into mine, such a sense of oneness, completeness,
Giving me the thrill of this knowing:
Material laws cannot interpose between God and man. They must be nothing, for God’s laws are everywhere.
The awesome realisation that there can be no exceptions: no exceptions!
His Christ power was God’s All-power expressed in every aspect of life.
Health, supply, weather, gravity, and now time itself! What else was there!
But was this for real? We were still holding hands, but his thought held me even more securely, reading mine:
“Peter, there are no exceptions. God is the great I AM. Follow me and you will see.”
I glanced round at my fellow fishermen, the sudden stillness of the Galilean Sea, the beauty of all about us.
Breath-taking recognition of what Jesus meant!
Eternity is the forever now of Life. God is the law of our being, and we are all under God’s eternal laws.
Jesus knew this and was proving this truth to us, for all of us, to follow.
I felt his timeless love.

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free….” Christ Jesus. John 8:32
“there should be time no longer.” Revelation 10:9 there

A Parent’s Revelation

I’ve heard a lot about this person Jesus.
Peter’s bringing him home tonight, – he’s talked about no one else ever since he met him a few weeks ago.
I’ll never understand Peter. He’s so impetuous!
Apparently Jesus said “Follow me” – or something to that effect, – and Peter did exactly that!
Never told his wife and family – anyway he’s a fisherman and they’re used to his being away.
Nothing Peter does surprises me….but he’s got a heart of gold and I love him.

I’m seeing both Peter and Jesus tonight.
I wonder what he’s like, this Jesus.
Peter thinks he’s really special, – but he only comes from Nazareth.
He’s a carpenter by trade, – so what can he teach a fisherman??
There have been crowds following his new friend, –
He’s been healing people of all kinds of diseases, – Peter can scarcely believe what he’s seen.
Keeps talking about him, about praying to “Our Father!”, “Doing unto others what you’d have them do to you”
I hope he’s not being tricked by all this talk and seeming miracles. I’m not going to be.

My daughter has planned a special meal for Peter and his friends, – we won’t let Peter down.
She’ll need my help. But I don’t feel well…….need to lie down…
Can hardly move…
Must get to bed….
Don’t want to be a nuisance…

“Hello Peter….I’m so sorry
…… to be like this….
Hello Jesus…”

I look at his friend. He looks at me.
In one brief instant I forget myself, my doubts, my concerns for Peter.
How can I describe the Love that radiates from this man?
His complete knowledge of infinite power,
Total tenderness,
Expressed in his very being,
The effortless outreach of his hand to mine,
Lifting me up. Nothing to heal!

Why then was I down?
No memory of what was ever wrong, no more self-pity, but full focused on gratitude and love for God, for everyone. In full joy I go to help and serve. Everyone so happy! Why did I ever doubt? Love is everywhere.

***
That evening many other people from the city came to our door, and all in need were healed, instantaneously. Next day Jesus, Peter and the other disciples went off over the Sea of Galilee. When I next saw Peter, he told me about the miraculous calming of the storm, the healing of the madman, other miracles Jesus had worked. But I now know they are not miracles, – they are the power of God, the Almighty power of God, made manifest.
Infinite Love doesn’t need time to prove itself, it is present and active now!

I’m with Jesus again, he is teaching to the crowds, to each one of us, how to pray: …
“Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name…” **
I feel the ever-present warmth and vibrancy of God’s love.
I behold for the first time my true family.

And suddenly realise that I love my son more than I ever did before……
I see him as Jesus sees him, I see myself as Jesus saw me and sees me even now.
I now know what “Father” means….

(see *Mark 1:30-34; 3:31-35, and **Matthew 6:9)