Finding Him on the Other Side
George H. Morrison
When our Lord had fed the multitude, He constrained His disciples to depart. He wanted a season of solitary prayer. The sun set, and the night grew dark, and He was alone with His Father in the hills; and then we read that in the glimmering dawn He came to His own, walking on the sea. Eager to know more of this great wonder-worker, many had lingered by the scene of miracle. They waited for daybreak and then searched for Him, but nowhere could they find Him. And then, says John, boarding the little craft that happened to ride at anchor in the bay, they crossed the lake, still searching for Him, and found Him on the other side. To a deep mystic like St. John, that simple fact was full of meaning. I think St. John laid his pen down then and thought how often it is true of human life that we find Christ upon the other side.
Think, for instance, of the scribes and Pharisees, the religious leaders of the day. They were all "looking for a king, to slay their foes and lift them high."1 Their great hope was the Messianic hope. They were watching and waiting for Messiah. They were eagerly praying for that Coming One who was to right the wrong and set them free at last. And the singular thing is that when Jesus came, the promised Messiah of the race, they found Him-on the other side. He was over against them, antagonistic to them, pouring on them the vials of His "Woe." He was on the side of the "people of the land" whom the Pharisees and scribes despised (John 9:34). I wonder if John was thinking of all that when he took up his pen and wrote that day-they found Him upon the other side.
Or think again of the disciples when the mothers of Salem brought their babes to Jesus. A mother's heart is a very wonderful thing, and it always wants a blessing for the children. I do not doubt the disciples meant it well when they tried to head these mothers home again. What! had their Master not enough to do that He was ...
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