Human Effort Or Spirit-Led Participation and Co-operation? ...
“And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea, 17 And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them. 18 And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. 19 So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid. 20 But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. 21 Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.” John 6:16-21
Rowing in the above passage signifies human effort in order to reach the shore of heaven. It symbolizes sanctification by works. Notice it was only when they quit trying to row that they were “immediately” at the shore. But they had to trust through some terror. This signifies trusting through the cross. The cross is the rough seas, high winds and dark times of life. This is where you meet Jesus.