I remember as a young student Pastor being invited to a Church for afternoon tea. They said they wanted to pray for me. What I didn't realise is that they wanted to pray for me to be their Pastor. At the end of the morning tea, one of the Elders of the Church said "What are you intending to preach about tonight?" I almost choked because I didn't realise that they wanted me to preach! Fortunately, I had preached in the morning at a different Church and although I didn't have my notes, I did have my Bible and was able to preach the same message, but for a moment, as the crowd gathered, I JUST WANTED TO RUN.
When people would ring me up in the Whitsundays and say that they weren't going to Church because they were going fishing, I sometimes thought of replying "Yeah, me too!" just to see what the reaction would be to the Pastor skipping out on Church.
So what is it with Jesus, as the crowd gathers around Him by the lake? He gets into a boat and goes across to the other side, no doubt leaving the crowd wondering what on earth He was doing!
Matthew 8:18 says, "When Jesus saw the crowd around Him, He instructed His disciples to cross to the other side of the lake."
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