Miraculous Teleportation Or Coincidence

In John 6, Jesus feeds 5000 men and then retreats to the mountain alone.  Meanwhile, his disciples went down to the sea, hopped in a boat, and began to head towards Capernaum.  The sea began to get rough, and they rowed about 3 to 4 miles.  At that point, they saw Jesus walking on the water towards them.  After calming the fearful disciples, Jesus steps into the boat, and in verse 21 it says:

“So they were willing to receive Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.”

This is interesting language here.  The word “immediately”, which is used in most Bible translations, seems to either say that the boat was miraculously teleported to where they were going, or they just so happened to already be there when Jesus arrived to their boat.

I did some looking up of maps of the sea of Galilee, and potential places Jesus and the disciples may have been, and it does look as though they were potentially only 3-4 miles away by sea from Capernaum.  But, it doesn’t state that the disciples were masters at boating and navigation, or what path they set out on, so even though they may have been only 3-4 miles away, that doesn’t rule out that they wouldn’t have been to Capernaum after 3-4 miles of rowing.  And, with the language used, it sounds more like a miracle than coincidence.

What do you think?


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