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Faith Walk (3 of 4)
Series: A Faith Based Life
Open: A Scotsman, was taking a trip to the Holy Land, and when he got to the Sea of Galilee he was aghast when he found it would cost fifty dollars an hour to rent a boat to go out on the water.
"Hoot mon," he said, "in Scotland I could ha got a boat for about $20."
"That might be true," said the boat man, "but you have to take into account that the Sea of Galilee is water on which our Lord Himself walked."
"Well, at $50 an hour," said the Scotsman, "it's little wonder He walked."
APPLY: How much would you pay to walk where Jesus walked?
ILLUS: About 6 yrs ago, someone built a 262 ft. long transparent bridge just below the surface of the Sea of Galilee so that visitors - for a nominal cost - could walk on the water… kinda like Jesus did (based on an article in Time magazine Feb. 22, 99 p. 26)
What would you do if you had the chance to walk where Jesus walked?
Our story today tells about a man who got that opportunity.
He didn't have to pay $50 for a boat ride.
He didn't have to pay a nominal fee to walk out on a transparent bridge.
He was out on the sea because Jesus sent Him there, and he got to walk on the water because Jesus called for him to do so.
And he didn't have to pay a dime for the privilege
Well, actually, there was a price Peter had to pay.
Earlier, in the 4th chapter of Matthew - Jesus challenged him (and the others) with this statement: "Follow me, and I will MAKE you fishers of men." Matthew 4:19
There was a price that Peter (and the other disciples) had to pay for their experiences. They had to allow Jesus to MAKE them into the kind of men He wanted them to be.
Now, generally - when people think about being fishermen
* they think lures and bait and fishing line and what kind of pole you need
* they think about technique
* and they think location - what part of the lake or river has the most fish
But good fishermen actual ...
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