Pierre Dicaire (British Columbia Visiting Worker) - Okotoks Special Meetings - Morning Meeting, December 17, 2006

Hymn 381, "O’er and O’er a Voice Is Borne to Me"

Matthew 11:2-5, “Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, and said unto Him, 'Art Thou He that should come, or do we look for another?'  Jesus answered and said unto them, 'Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:  The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.'”  John was in prison because he had stood for what was right, and now was facing death and needed assurance again that He was the One that should come.  We face the same experience and it’s going to cost us something if we are to get favour from God.  We need that same assurance that it is the Lord who delivers.  Jesus sent the disciples and told John what he already knew, that the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and so on.  Jesus told him the very same things; nothing had changed.  It’s the same today.  It’s daily dying that is needed.  We are given assurance again that things haven’t changed. Jesus gave the message to John through two of John’s disciples.  The Lord can deliver a message to us through each other.

John 17:21, “That they all may be one; as Thou, Father art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in us, that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me.”  Jesus’ prayer was for unity and that the world would see clearly.  With Him, we are doing the impossible; we are walking a walk that is impossible because we fill the law according to God’s will.

Genesis 1:26, “And God said, 'Let us make man in Our image, after Our likeness.'"  It was a likeness of a work finished, a work done in unity by God, the Father and His Son, Jesus.  Nothing has changed from the beginning and this is a comfort. 

Acts 4:31, “And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own: but they had all things common."  Hearts can be knit together in unity.

Peter’s walk on the water was not possible; it was impossible as far as man’s thoughts were concerned.  In Matthew 14:22, “Jesus constrained His disciples to get into a ship, and to go before Him unto the other side.”  Jesus constrained His disciples, He set limits, He set boundaries to where His disciples would be by requiring them all to be in the same boat.  The Lord reveals to us that, in this journey, we are all in the boat, all in the same vessel of our heart, knit together in unity, and boundaries are set.  The water is likened to the word of God, to the scriptures.  Jesus’ walk was completely supported by God’s word.  Jesus’ invitation to Peter was to walk completely supported by God’s word, and through faith he could. 

Verse 28, "Peter said, 'Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee on the water.'” Peter needed assurance again…"If it be possible, if it truly is Thee, I need to hear it again to come closer."  We have received the invitation to walk in the way.  This walk lasts all our days.  We need to be mindful of the invitation again and again as we walk in this way of faith, that with the Lord with us, we can walk the impossible together in unity.