In His Footsteps

Jesus walks on water. Matthew 14:25-33 (also in Mark 6:47-52; John 6:19-21)

About four o’clock in the morning Jesus came to them, walking on the water! They screamed in terror, for they thought he was a ghost.

But Jesus immediately spoke to them, reassuring them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said.

Then Peter called to him: “Sir, if it is really you, tell me to come over to you, walking on the water.”

“All right,” the Lord said, “come along!”

So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.

Instantly Jesus reached out his hand and rescued him. “O man of little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” And when they had climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped.

The others sat there, awestruck. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.

The disciples were afraid, but Jesus’ presence calmed their fears. We all experience fear. Do we try to deal with it ourselves, or do we let Jesus deal with it? In times of fear and uncertainty, it is calming to know that Christ is always with us.

Transfer the Truth

The disciples didn’t want to believe, perhaps because (1) they couldn’t accept the fact that this human named Jesus was really the Son of God; (2) they dared not believe that the Messiah would choose them as his followers—it was too good to be true; (3) they still did not understand the real purpose for Jesus’ coming to earth. Their disbelief took the form of misunderstanding.

Even after watching Jesus miraculously feed five thousand people, they still could not take the final step of faith and believe that he was God’s Son. If they had, they would not have been amazed that Jesus could walk on water. The disciples did not transfer the truth they already knew about Jesus to their own lives. We read that Jesus walked on the water, and yet we often marvel that he is able to work in our lives. We must not only believe that these miracles really occurred; we must also transfer the truth to our own life situations.

Published by Intentional Faith

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