Jesus Walks On The Sea

22 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. 23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. 24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.

25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.

27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”

29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.” — Matthew 14:22-33.

Here we have another incident which teach us about fear and faith.

Immediately after feeding the 5000+ Jesus literally herds his disciples into a boat to go to the other side of the Sea of Galilee while he dismisses the crowd.

After the crowd has gone, Jesus goes up to a mountaintop alone (as He had intended from the start). As evening — dusk descends, He is alone on the mountain, praying.

By now the boat is in the middle of the sea, being tossed about by the waves and the wind. Jesus goes to the disciples walking on the water during the fourth watch of the night (between 3:00 and 6:00 A.M.).

When they see Jesus walking on the water towards them, they are terrified, thinking he is a phantom (ghost).

In the midst of the storm and their fears, immediately Jesus’ identifies himself, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

Peter’s faith is tested! He says, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” Jesus invites him, “Come.” Peter starts walking on the water! However, Peter’s faith is not strong enough! Instead of keeping his eyes steadily on Jesus, he is distracted by the wind and waves and starts to sink and cries out, “Lord, save me!”

Immediately, Jesus stretches out his hand and catches Peter. He says to Peter, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they get into the boat, the wind ceases

Son of God. It is the disciples’ faith response: Jesus is the Son of God (32, 33). This is the climax of the story. It declares in the disciples’ words that Jesus is the Son of God, worthy of their worship. Matthew tells us that when they got into the boat, the storm ceased, so that they could make their way easily to the shore. And it seems like they are there in no time.

In this passage we have another amazing miracle of Jesus that shows that He has authority over nature. The event of the walking on the water is clearly designed to reveal His authority, and to draw a response of faith from the disciples. There is a story within the story, that is of Peter walking on the water to Jesus. Here we have a faith response, but it is weak, and he begins to sink. Jesus saves him. In this little section we have a picture of where the disciples are in their faith, growing but still doubting. Then we have Jesus with them on the same boat and they come and worship him as “the Son of God”.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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