(i) Jesus Walks on Water Introduction
The story of Jesus Walks on Water is usually interpreted literally but here we look at the mystical symbolism behind this often misunderstood parable. This story has been wrongly interpreted by many religious people as Jesus points out in the Bible:
Jeremiah 12 : 10 Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.
pastors = people of the church
vineyard = higher consciousness accessed through spiritual practise.
desolate wilderness = the part of us activated by the Pineal Glad which now lies dormant if not activated during meditation.
(ii) Biblical Meaning of Water
Water can mean two things depending on context:
- The sea of emotions in which we drown ( to which this particular story relates). Gaskell states in his ‘Dictionary of All Symbols & Myths’ (p801) that walking upon the water is:
” A symbol of making progress against a tide of astral desires and passions”
2. Water can also represent the unity of spirit, the ocean been seen as a unity, pure and having no parts. It is the second plane of Consciousness according to the Greeks and was the spiritual plane that John the Baptist took people to in meditation.
(iii) Jesus Walks on Water Scripture Analysis
Matthew 14 : 22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
This verse is important in understanding the parable fora a number of reasons :
Disciples = those that meditate and are on a spiritual path.
Unto the other side = the other side of consciousness, higher consciousness where they can reside and wait in meditation for Christ Consciousness.
multitudes sent away = religious, political & non spiritual people who have no interest in Christ Consciousness within.
Matthew 14 : 23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
mountain = higher place of consciousness
prey = meditation/going within
Evening is also symbolic as are the various times of the day and night as shown below:
evening = when life is not great but not overwhelming either and this is most likely the time in our life when we will be looking for God.
day time = good times/ light/laughter and we are consumed with the world.
night = darkness and we are consumed by depression and our troubles and not able to look within.
Matthew 14 : 24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
ship = you ! Our physical, emotional and mental state.
sea= of the passions. lower desires, our emotional world and its attachments.
waves = thoughts of the mind. waves are from air which is related to intellect, water to emotions.
wind was contrary = society is material which is opposite to the spiritual. It also stands for doctrines and religions as we see from the verse below:
Ephesians 4 : 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
wind of doctrine = laws, traditions
Matthew 14 : 25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
fourth watch = 4 = the 4 fold nature of man (physical , emotional, mental , spiritual) in which Jesus made himself present
night = darkness of our life when we find it difficult to see a way forward.
walking on the sea = Jesus is above the sea of the lower nature, where man can drown.
watch = watch for Jesus entering you. This word is important and is found in the Gospel of Mark:
Mark 13 : 35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cock crowing, or in the morning:
watch = meditate and be open as we never know when Christ Consciousness will enter us.
36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
if we are not attentive in meditation we will not see him
37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
This teaching applies to everyone.
Matthew 14 : 26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
in meditation we are sometimes frightened by spiritual experiences where we have to let go of the familiar.
Matthew 14 : 27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
Christ = LOVE and we overcome our fear by opening up to and meditating upon the Spiritual Light (Christ) within.
Matthew 14 : 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
come down out of the ship = go out of your body (ship) and rise into spiritual realms.
Matthew 14 : 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
the mind (wind) does not want to dissolve into spirit and he gets frightened as his lower nature reacts to the call of spirit. Spirit is the death of the mind.
In a wider context looking down refers to getting bogged down with our daily troubles again, the trappings of life and not meditating effectively.
As mentioned in Luke:
Luke 11:34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light;
We have to keep meditating at the third (single) eye to see the Light of God.
Matthew 14 : 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
this verse illustrates the need to put our faith in God within (the Light and Sound) and it will remove us from the sea of our lower nature.
Walking on water = rising ABOVE the lower desires (sea) and having faith in the Christ Consciousness within to keep looking up (single eye) and not start to sink (Peter) by looking back down at our worldly life and getting caught in all the trappings of it again.
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