And when they found him across the sea they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” John 6:25
The question exposes Jesus’ Lordship.
They searched for him, they looked for him. Maybe looking for miracles, more miracles. Maybe wanting for more wisdom. Thirsting for more healing. More demons to be driven away. He just fed these five thousand and they were looking for him. Across the sea, they found him. He got in there first. He was ahead of his people. He was there before them. He leads his people.
God never leaves you, in fact, he leads you. He never shows you a way he will never tread. When he tells you to go to a certain direction, he goes ahead of you. Before you blaze the trail, he already has. Before you step on an unfamiliar territory, he goes to test it for you. So you’ll know you can walk that way. So, you’ll know you can make it to the other side. So you’ll know you can cross the sea.
Do you have a sea to cross? A cancer to struggle. An employment to maintain. A marriage on the rocks. Family problems too much to bear. A Christian life, one trial less before to slide. A friendship in opposition of your faith. A dependence on false gods. A natural disaster to survive.
Look ahead. Jesus is there.
He goes ahead of you.
The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus; Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him. Matthew 10:2-4
They are considered the best sports team ever assembled.
They are the Dream Team. Eleven NBA players and a college baller assembled to represent the USA in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. They were handpicked because they were simply the best. At that time, they were considered future hall of famers which has become true at some point. They were called for they deserved to be called. And they did not let down. They exceeded expectations by winning each game by large margins. This team was invisible and up until this time many sportsmen will agree that on any given basketball court, no team will ever beat this team.
Does God assemble a dream team like this?
His first apostles were not considered the best. No theology training. No records of preaching. No traces of missionary blood. In fact, they were shall we consider as ordinary people. Fishermen. Tax collector. Men who were afraid in the midst of the storm even if their Lord is with them. Men who were fearful and scampered at his arrest before his execution. Men who made mistakes in those times of following Jesus.
But the question is, how come of all men Jesus called these men? Let me give my personal answer — Jesus knew their hearts. Their hearts were not perfect but their hearts were just simply stubborn in following God. They kept coming back each they fell. They darted back their eyes on the prize each time they were blinded by their sins and wrongdoings. They got the call, not because they were the best, but because their hearts what counted the most. For his call was not to win but to love him and to be with him.
God does not need the best or the most decorated perfect team, he needs a team passionate of his heart and of his work. Men who will leave their nets. Men who will leave their tax collection tables. Men who will admit to their mistakes and strive to correct them. Men who will come back and rise up so pursue his love and his grace. Men who will mirror your life. Men who are just like you.
You can be part of God’s dream team.