Danny Gokey, country and Christian music artist recorded a song called I Believe, in it, he sang “I never met a man who walked on water, but I will still believe!” The miracle of walking on water was a high point of the faith discussion. Jesus, mind you, had just finished feeding over 5000 folks with 5 loaves and 2 fish. He ministered to the crowd, and then sent them home. Jesus loaded the Disciples onto a boat, and sent them out onto the water; and promised to join them later.
Jesus, with a moment of privacy, went off to pray. The disciples were stranded by a storm and could not retrurn to get their master. All of the sudden they watched the master stroll out on the waves on foot to meet them. They were freaking out–Jesus is walking on top of the water!??! First Jesus calms the disciples–Fear Not! Next Peter, his buddy, says I want to walk on water too! Jesus says, Sure! Hop out of the boat! Peer does it and does start walking on water. BUT, like most, he remembered, “People can’t walk on water!” he looked around, and saw the waves, and began to sink. Jesus grabbed him, they climbed back in the boat, and Jesus calmed the storm. Just another day with Jesus.
Here are a few Friday observations.
1. Jesus had established his authoriity of many aspects of life…healing the sick, raising the dead, casting out demons and cleansing lepers. But, after praying and recharging, he literally took authority over the very earth he created. He walked on water, calmed the storm, and helped peter to walk on water as well. Pretty much takes any doubt away that he is God.
2. Jesus did take time to recharge and pray–even as the Son of God, He knew He could not do this stuff on His own. He needed the Spirit’s power and direction–to build what the Father sent Him to build.
3. Peter had amazing faith. Faith to ask to walk on water, to walk on water, and to cling to Jesus when he sank. Many question Peter’s faith because he sank, but, truth is He was the only one to trust Jesus enough to get out of the boat.
4. Despite his faith, when Peter took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the circumstances; his faith shrank and he sank into the water. Our lives often look just like that. We see God do great stuff in our lives, and then just as we are in sinc with Him; we allow life’s circumstances to overtake us, and we begin to sink. But, like Peter, we can rest assured–that even then, we can count on him to pull us up and bring us to safety. The we can watch as he calms the storms of life.
Walking on water is the miracle that can define Jesus Diety. He prayed, walked on water, saved Peter and calmed the storm–pretty impressive from any perspective. That kind of power, at least, should help us to join Peter in asking Jesus to let us join him in the Amazing Journey, Don’t You Think!!!!!
God Bless You
Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
34 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him 36 and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.