God Walks on the Water

Posted: July 16, 2012 in Matthew

Matthew 14:22-36, “God Walks on the Water”

Have you ever realized that someone was not who you thought they were? You thought they were a certain type of person, but they turned out to be someone completely different.  (Sometimes a good surprise; sometimes not.)  Some reality TV shows have picked up on the idea: Undercover Boss & Secret Millionaire.  The disciples seemed to get a taste of that with Jesus on the boat this particular night.  It’s not that Jesus had ever hid who He was from the apostles, but they simply didn’t see Him rightly.  They had seen many miracles, heard a lot of authoritative teaching, and generally seen a lot of display of power as the true King of Israel – but they had been rather touch-and-go on the idea that He is also the Son of God.  Yet that night on the boat (at least for a moment), all doubt was removed.

Context… Matthew picks up in chronology “immediately” after the miracle of feeding 5000+ men, women, and children with only 5 loaves of bread & 2 fish.  We’re talking the evening-of & night following this incredible miracle.  The crowds had gathered, and the disciples learned quickly that the Lord Jesus Christ is enough to meet our every need.  No matter what little we bring to Him, we find that His power is sufficient.  If we but come to Him in faith, we’ll find that Jesus meets our every spiritual need.  If a boy’s lunch was enough for Jesus to feed a small college and have 12 baskets worth of leftovers, then Jesus is surely enough to meet our other needs as well.

That in itself was a display of His power, but there was much more to come.  Jesus has much power because Jesus is God.

Matthew 14:22–36 (NKJV)
22 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.

  1. Jesus sent the multitudes away.  This is a contrast with what He did earlier.  In vs. 16, He specifically said that the crowds didn’t need to leave.  In vs. 14, Jesus ensured to spend time among the multitudes as He went out and saw them.  He has already demonstrated His love and compassion for them, and He has already acknowledged their need for Him (and He met that need in abundance!).  Now Jesus sends them away.  What’s going on here?  Is Jesus being capricious or double-minded?  No.  Not capricious; purposeful.  John’s account tells us that the crowd was so amazed by the multiplying of the loaves & fish that they were about to take Jesus by force and make Him king (Jn 6:15).  Of course, Jesus WAS their king, but they were working outside of the timing of God.  Before Jesus could reign, first He had to be rejected & go to the cross.  Because the crowds were wrong, He sent them away.
    1. Keep in mind this was during Jesus’ earthly ministry when He had something specific He was going to do.  He may have sent the multitudes away that day, but you can be sure that if you belong to Christ, He will never send us away.  Today, we have the promise of His presence…He will be with us always, even to the end of the age (Mt 28:20).
  2. Jesus also sent the disciples away.  He “made” them get into a boat and go ahead without Him.  Again, this is purposeful.  Obviously the Lord was not abandoning the disciples or forcing them to go home away from the ministry.  He just wanted to be alone.  Jesus wanted to leave Himself in the middle of the deserted place where they had been.  The disciples likely knew they would meet up with Jesus, though they perhaps didn’t know how.  However, Jesus knew exactly what He was doing.
    1. Do we trust that God know what He’s doing?  One moment we’ll proclaim our trust in Him through prayer, and the next moment we encounter something we don’t understand.  Guess what?  THAT’s your opportunity to put that trust you just stated into action.  There’s your opportunity to truly trust God. …

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.

  1. One of the reasons Jesus sent the disciples & the multitudes away?  He wanted to be alone to pray.  Sometimes solitude is a good thing. … Keep in mind, Jesus had already spent much time around others.  Jesus had already been among the crowds; now He takes the time to receive ministry from God the Father.  He wasn’t always giving out from God; He also received from God.  What a great example to those who spend so much time serving others!  It’s difficult to give out what we have not first taken in.  If Jesus saw the importance of being along to pray, how important must it be for us?
  2. Take a moment to consider the fact that Jesus prayed.  He is the Son of God, the 2nd member of the Trinity, and yet Jesus still prayed.  Sometimes people might get the idea that prayer is just for the weak…that when you’ve run out of everything else you can possibly do, that’s when you pray.  Not true!  There is none more powerful, nor any more spiritually mature than Christ Jesus, and yet He took the time to pray.  The disciples knew Him as a man of prayer, so much did it characterize His life!  Interestingly enough, out of all of the things the disciples could have asked Jesus to teach them, they asked Jesus to teach them to pray.  He gave them the Lord’s Prayer (the model prayer) in response to their request.  Certainly Jesus understands the value of prayer.
    1. BTW – not only did Jesus pray during His earthly ministry, He still prays today!  One of the things Jesus does on a continual basis is to pray and intercede for us. (Heb 7:25, “He always lives to make intercession for them [those who are saved by faith in Christ].  Rom 8:34, Christ is “at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.”)  Jesus still prays, and if you belong to Jesus Christ, you can be sure that Jesus is personally praying for you.  He demonstrated it in His high priestly prayer (John 17), and He still does it today.
  3. Why would Jesus pray?  As a part of the Godhead, surely God the Father already knows the thoughts of God the Son, and vice-versa.  What would be the point of Jesus taking the time to pray? People sometimes wonder when Jesus prays, is God talking to Himself?  Not really.  This is part of the mystery of the Trinity, one God eternally revealed in three different Persons.  When Jesus prays, God the Son is talking to God the Father through God the Holy Spirit.  God is indeed talking, but addressing different Persons in the Godhead.  We get a glimpse of this in Genesis 1 during the Creation story as God says “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness,” (Gen 1:26).  However it works, there is a purpose to Jesus’ prayers.  Suggestions:
    1. Relationship/love.  You make time in your schedule for the people you love.  No matter how well you know what’s on their heart, you still want to spend time with them.  Why would this be any different with Jesus?  (John 3:35, 5:20, “The Father loves the Son…”  John 14:31, “I love the Father…”)  There is an intimate relationship between God the Father and God the Son.  Jesus was in the beginning with God the Father, and there has never been a time when either of them did not exist.  They had glory together in heaven, and share a relationship which cannot be equaled here on earth.
      1. To think that we are invited to share in THAT relationship through Jesus’ grace is amazing!
    2. Submission to the Father.  Jesus is equal to the Father, but still willingly submitted to Him.  This is seen in prayer, as Jesus appeals to God the Father as the one with the ultimate authority.  Clear demonstration of this in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus specifically affirmed to the Father in prayer that it wasn’t Jesus’ will to be done, but the Father’s. (Matt 26:39)
    3. So we would know that the Father hears Him & that we would believe in Him.  There was an interesting event at Lazarus’ tomb, just moments before Jesus called Lazarus from the grave.  Jesus prayed, thanking the Father that the Father heard Him (as always), and then said that He was praying for the benefit of those listening, “that they may believe that You sent Me.” (Jn 11:42)  Part of the reason Jesus prayed is as a testimony to Himself.  That we would see the interaction between God the Father & God the Son & be utterly convinced that what Jesus says is true & that there is no other way to be saved, except through Him.
      1. Do you believe that Jesus is God, sent by God the Father to save us?  If so, that’s an answer to one of Jesus’ own prayers!

24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.

  1. Sets the scene for what is about to happen.  We left Jesus alone on the mountain spending time in prayer.  Now the story cuts to the disciples in the boat, as they encounter a storm at sea.  Storms were common upon the Sea of Galilee, and could pop up quickly and viciously.  The wind was strong against them & it was a struggle.  After all, we’re not talking about some grand ocean liner that can withstand a bit of wind; the disciples were in a small fishing boat being tossed around like rag dolls.  Many of the disciples were experienced sailors as fishermen, but this was still a dangerous situation.
  2. Keep in mind Jesus had sent them there.  Jesus didn’t just send the disciples away with the rest of the multitude, to walk along the shoreline; He specifically made the disciples get into the boat and go sailing.  Being omniscient, Jesus knew about the storm, and sent the disciples into it anyway.  Now obviously we can read the written historical account and know what Jesus is doing, but the disciples didn’t know about any of this as they were living it out moment-by-moment.  Some of them may have wondered why Jesus let them sail into a storm.  Others may have remembered how Jesus had earlier calmed a storm at sea (Matt 8), but at the time, Jesus was in the boat with them.  Now far from Jesus, that thought likely brought little comfort to them.  Now they were all alone.  What was going to happen?  Why did God allow this?
    1. Have you ever found yourself asking the same questions? “God, why did You allow this?  Didn’t You know I was going to be in this situation?” Etc…   Just as with the disciples, Jesus has a plan at work.  Trust Him and wait upon Him in faith!  Many times we’re fine to call Jesus our “Lord” when it comes to issues of salvation; but not with issues of sovereignty.  There’s only one Person who has His eye on the entire workings of the universe, who perfectly knows the past, present, & future…and it’s not you or me.  Trust Jesus’ plan.

25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.

  1. What was the fourth watch? The last watch of the night (for those who would stay up and keep an eye out on the surroundings)…between 3-6am.  We’re not told when during the 4th watch this all took place (whether closer to 3 or closer to 6), but this is the approximate time of the early morning.  Apparently they had struggled all night long with no relief in sight.  Now weary & physically/emotionally exhausted, they may have been ready to give up.  Yet here comes Jesus!  (His timing is ALWAYS perfect…don’t give up!)
  2. How did Jesus come to them?  By walking on the water.  Miracle!  BTW – Jesus had to have been walking pretty fast.  The disciples a several hour head start, and Jesus catches up to them effortlessly.  Mark’s account tells us that Jesus almost passed the boat by, He was going so fast.  “Walking” seems like a poor word to describe it… J What a contrast between the disciples & Jesus.  The disciples are in a boat, struggling against the wind – virtually at a standstill.  Yet Jesus comes up to them without problem.  What made the difference?  The supernatural power of God.  When the disciples were struggling against the wind & sea, they were doing everything they knew how to do, humanly speaking.  They were using all of their efforts & skills & still going nowhere.  Jesus comes up (in the most unusual of manner!), and has no problem at all walking, making great time across the face of the lake.  Obviously He came up according to supernatural power of God.  When the problems of this world encounter the supernatural power of God, there is no contest.  God’s power wins out every time.
    1. As Christians, we have the option of walking in the power of our flesh, or in the power of the Spirit.  In what state do you think you’d better face trials & temptations?  By the power of God!
  3. Question: why did Jesus walk?  Jesus could have come out to them in any number of ways.  He could have swam – He could have flown – He could have simply appeared out on the boat as if He was raptured there.  After all, we’re talking about Almighty God.  Certainly Jesus refrained from using His unlimited power on most occasions, but considering He was walking upon the water, He sure wasn’t refraining at that particular moment.  He was exercising divine power, and He chose to walk to the disciples.  Why?  Scripture doesn’t tell us, so we can’t be certain…but I suggest that Jesus walked to them for a couple of reasons:
    1. The disciples would see Him approach.  They knew where Jesus had been (they were the ones who left Him there); now they would see Jesus coming to them.  Certainly this would have been a powerful testimony to the disciples in itself.  Short of the supernatural empowerment of God, there’s absolutely no way anyone could approach them in this manner.
    2. The disciples would see an example.  If Jesus had simply appeared upon the boat, they would have been surprised, but there wouldn’t have been the opportunity to take a step of faith.  Peter was ready to exercise his faith, and Jesus came walking to him – perhaps to give him exactly that opportunity.
  4. As an aside…every so often news stories appear to try to invalidate Jesus’ miracles or find some way of explaining them away.  Back in 2006, a Florida State University scientist made headlines with a report claiming that it was possible to explain Jesus walking on water by the formation of a freak ice float in the Sea of Galilee.  Certain atmospheric conditions would have had to be absolutely precise, but it may have been possible.  … So let’s get this straight: it’s unbelievable for Jesus to walk on water to the disciples, but perfectly believable for Him to surf out to them on a freak piece of ice?  J  It takes far less faith to simply believe the Biblical account than to try to somehow explain it away.  If Jesus is God who rose from the dead, then surely Jesus can walk on water.  When we’re talking about the Creator of the Universe, then we can expect to suspend the laws of physics from time to time.

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.”

  1. The fear of the disciples is understandable, but unnecessary.  It’s understandable from the point of view that this was an unheard of thing.  They had seen Jesus perform many miracles in the past, but they had never seen anything like this.  Knowing that they left Jesus on the shore, they had no way to know what was happening when they saw His form walking towards them on the water.  They panicked & labeled it a “ghost,” but in reality they were just grasping for straws.  They didn’t know what this was, and they were fearful.
  2. Yet their fear was unnecessary.  This wasn’t a ghost; this was Jesus.  This was certainly unusual, but because this was of God, it was trustworthy.  They didn’t need to be afraid or troubled; they could be cheerful.
    1. Isn’t this the way it so often is with us?  We’re battered & weary from the trial we’ve experienced…and when we’re at our lowest point, something unusual begins to happen & we break out in fear.  Yet we need not be afraid, because in actuality it is God who is at work.  What we thought to be a cause for fear is actually a cause for joy…we just didn’t recognize it as the hand of God at first.  It’s like a drowning man who panics at the touch of a lifeguard, trying to push down the lifeguard in order that he might get a better breath.  He doesn’t realize that the appearance of the lifeguard is a cause for joy.  Likewise for us.  We have a tendency of jumping the gun & panicking at the slightest changes, rather than recognizing the work and power of God & rejoicing.
    2. How true this is regarding the gospel!  There are people who are convicted of their sin, knowing that they’ve wronged Almighty God & they are so fearful of death because they will have to see God face-to-face.  Yet when they look at what Jesus has done at the cross & empty tomb, they don’t recognize the goodness & they run away.  Don’t run in fear; rejoice!  Rejoice at what God has done to reach out to you!  Respond to His love in good cheer by seeing Jesus as your Savior, ready to forgive you & call you His own.

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

  1. This is an interesting test that Peter throws out there.  Seemingly still unsure if it’s actually Jesus or a ghost, Peter asks Jesus to command him to come & walk on the water.  One would think that there might be a better way to test a possible hallucination.  After all, words are cheap, and if Peter’s wrong about this command, then he’s going to have a quick trip in a stormy sea.  True – but let’s give Peter some credit.  He may be testing, but he does seem to have faith that this is indeed Jesus.  The “if it is You,” could be translated “since it is You.”  He may have been a bit impetuous, but he’s thinking clearly on this point.  Peter asks Jesus to give a command back to him to walk because Peter understands that with Jesus’ command would come power.  Since this was truly Jesus out there on the water, and the Lord Jesus commanded Peter to walk on the water to Him, then the Lord Jesus would empower Peter for the task.  He wouldn’t command Peter to do something that He would not equip Peter to do.
  2. With God’s call comes God’s equipping.  There’s not a single thing God asks of us that He is not ready to empower us to accomplish.  To be sure, we need to actually ask God for the power, and walk in obedience and faith, but God’s power is available to His children for the asking.  We have not because we ask not, and Jesus tells us that the power of the Holy Spirit is freely available.  (Lk 11:13, “how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”)  We are commanded to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Eph 5:18), so Christian: ask to be filled!

29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.

  1. Don’t you love this? J Jesus doesn’t get disgusted at Peter’s request – He doesn’t say, “How dare you test Me?!” – instead, He does exactly as Peter asked & commands Peter to “Come.”  And what happens?  Peter actually goes to Jesus!  We commonly think that only Jesus walked on water, but Biblically there were two people who walked on water: Jesus AND Peter, upon the command of Christ.
  2. What happened here?  Peter took (literally) a step of faith.  He asked Jesus to empower him for the task, and upon Jesus’ command, he did it – with Jesus’ blessing & provision.  Understand clearly: there is absolutely no way Peter could have done this if Jesus hadn’t wanted him to do it.  If Jesus thought that Peter would abuse the power of God, Jesus wouldn’t have called to Peter.  Jesus knew the intents of Peter’s heart, and gave him the opportunity to exercise his faith.
    1. Jesus wants us to exercise our faith!  He marveled to see the faith of the Roman centurion in comparison with Israel (Mt 8:10), and had chastised the disciples for being afraid in a boat during a storm when He had been with them all along (Mt 8:26).  He wants us to take a step of faith and trust Him.

30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

  1. As long as Peter walked in faith according to the commands of Christ, he did fine – but the moment he turned his attention to the wind & waves around him, he started to sink.  Fear replaces faith & vice-versa. …  We see it work in both directions.  All of the disciples were afraid in the boat, until Peter was convinced he was looking at Jesus, and soon his faith replaced his fear.  Yet when he’s on the water & the circumstances around him started causing him to fear again, his faith dwindled & he started to sink.  There’s an inverse relationship between our fears & our faith.  The more faith we have, the less we’ll walk in fear – and that’s exactly what the Lord desires for us.  Over & over throughout the OT, God tells His people not to fear.  In the NT, we’re told that God does not give a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (1 Tim 1:7).  God wants us to walk in faith; not fear.
    1. Which are you walking in?
  2. Even in Peter’s fear, his faith is not completely abandoned.  He cries out to Jesus, “Lord, save me!” It was a short prayer, but effective! J  Peter’s ability to walk upon the water was due to the empowerment of God, and when Peter’s faith failed him, his salvation was also due to the work of God.  Peter knew to call out to Christ when things were going well & also when things were going ill.  Why?  Because he understood that whatever were his own personal failings, the Lord Jesus would always be faithful.

31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

  1. How quickly did Jesus save?  Immediately.  He didn’t make Peter wait & start gurgling a bit, muttering, “That’ll teach him a lesson!”  No – the text is clear: “immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him.”  Peter needed quick salvation, and his Lord was there to provide that salvation.  Keep in mind that Peter had been walking to Jesus, but hadn’t yet reached Him…who knows how far off Jesus had been prior to this point?  Yet at Peter’s crucial moment of need, Jesus was immediately there to save. …
    1. God does not hesitate to save those who call upon Jesus in faith when they ask for their eternal salvation.  He saves immediately.  The very instant someone surrenders their life to Jesus, asking Him to be his/her Lord & Savior, that person is forgiven – is born-anew by the Holy Spirit – is made a new creation in Christ – is given an eternal inheritance, and much more.  There are certainly changes that take place over time in the life of a Christian, but there’s much that happens “immediately” the moment someone cries out in faith.  Call out to Christ & He will answer!
  2. Jesus saved Peter.  They’re still on the water, and what was without foundation to Peter was as a solid rock under the feet of Christ, and Jesus was able to catch Peter and keep him from drowning.  How so?  Because Jesus has power.  Power not just to walk on the ever-changing waves, but power to use even those things that caused Peter to fall to make him stand again.  (As with Joseph, what others mean for evil, God can use for good…)
  3. Did Jesus chastise Peter?  Perhaps.  This is one of those moments in Scripture when we wish we could hear the tone of voice, or see the expression on Jesus’ face.  Personally, I don’t believe Jesus is chastising Peter so much as He’s commending Peter for what faith he DID show.  After all, Peter was the only one who demonstrated any faith at all!  All of the rest of the disciples had remained on the boat.  Any number of them could have joined Peter’s call, but Peter was the only one who acted upon his faith.  And yes, his faith was small, but God can do great things with only a little faith!  Luke 17:5–6, "(5) And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” (6) So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you." []  God can use a little faith to accomplish much!  Why?  Because the power isn’t in our faith; it’s in the One in which we have faith.  The little faith of Peter helped him walk on water to Jesus, because Jesus was the One who have Peter the power.  To be sure, great faith is better than only a little – but a little faith in a great God is more than enough!
  4. Jesus also assured Peter that there was no reason to doubt.  At first, the question might seem silly to us. “Why did Peter doubt?  Perhaps because of the wind, waves, and storms!  Any one of us would have had a bit of shaky faith during that time, if we had any faith at all.”  Yet even in the midst of all of those things, there was no reason for Peter to doubt.  Jesus had held him up at first; Jesus would have held him up the entire journey. Peter had entrusted Jesus with a little; he should have trusted Jesus with it all.
    1. Isn’t that the way it is with us so often?  We’ll start the walk in faith, but we might have a hard time keeping it up.  When the things of life & sorrow get in the way of your faith, that’s not the time to give up your faith; that’s the time to get your eyes back upon Jesus again.

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.”

  1. Only Peter got out of the boat to walk on water to Jesus, but by this point everyone had faith!  Jesus steps into the boat, the wind stops & everyone realizes that they are looking at God in the flesh.  To be sure, the disciples had experienced moments of faith before, but there was no getting around this.  For Jesus to have done what He did, He had to be the Son of God.  Only God has power over the wind & waves (causing the storm to cease).  Only God has power to defy the laws of physics (walking on the water).  Only God has the power to miraculously save.  Jesus demonstrated His omnipotent power in one fell swoop, and the only conclusion was that He had to be the Son of God.
    1. There are many things that separate Christianity from other religions around the world, and this is one of them.  Jesus is not just a prophet – He’s not just a teacher – He’s not just an angel – He’s not just a saint or a really, really good human – Jesus is GOD.  He is God who put on flesh and personally came and interacted with mankind.  He is God who came to seek and save the lost.
  2. What’s the proper response to the recognition of Jesus as God?  Worship.  Obviously we don’t read about a time of singing or an elaborate church service taking place on the boat.  Though these things are wonderful methods of worship, worship is far greater and far more foundational that that.  The word used here refers to bowing, lying prostrate, kissing (as in the feet or ground), etc.  The disciples cast themselves to the boat floor to worship Jesus as Lord.  The physical position isn’t so much the issue as the spiritual attitude.  It’s the humility of self & exaltation of the other (for we can worship things other than God when we lift them to the highest position in our lives).  The disciples understood Jesus to be God, and exalted Him as such.
    1. Have you seen Jesus to be God?  Have you worshipped?

34 When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret.

  1. [MAP & PIC] Basically, the disciples had cut across the northern part of the lake.  Knowing how vast the Sea of Galilee is, there’s even more of a recognition of the miracle that took place when we understand that Jesus knew exactly WHERE to walk upon the sea to locate this tiny fishing boat.  Not only did Jesus demonstrate His omnipotence; He demonstrated His omniscience.

35 And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick, 36 and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.

  1. Some of these people were likely some of the same folks that had been in the crowd of 5000 the day before.  They recognized Jesus, remembering how He had healed those who had been sick, so they do the logical thing: go bring sick people to Jesus, asking for their healing.  Jesus hadn’t put on a show for them, there wasn’t a special crusade where the healing could only take place in a stadium – Jesus simply had the power to heal, so people would bring their friends and family to Jesus who needed healing.
  2. How well did Jesus heal them?  The sick “were made perfectly well.”  Perfect healing from a perfect God.  There’s a huge difference between Jesus & the so-called “faith healers.”
  3. Unlike the disciples, the multitudes recognized the power of Jesus, but they seem to have not yet recognized Jesus as the Son of God.  John’s gospel fills in a bit more of the details here by recording the conversation which happened that day.  The people asked Jesus about His arrival (because they also knew He had been left alone), and Jesus responds to them.  John 6:26–27, "(26) Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. (27) Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”" []  They were missing the point about Jesus.  They were fine to partake of the miracles, but they were missing out on the Miracle-Maker.  The disciples saw Jesus as the Son of God; the multitude saw Jesus as a meal-ticket.  Earlier, they were ready to make Him their human king, but they did not want to worship Him as God.  We cannot have one without the other.

Conclusion:
Jesus demonstrates His power in order that we would see Him for who He really is: God.  He prayed as God to God – He walked on the water as God – He empowered Peter to walk & saved Peter through the power of God – He was worshipped as God by the disciples – and although He continued to demonstrate His power through healing, the multitudes missed it.  Jesus did all these things so that people would see who He is.  Why?  Was Jesus on some sort of ego trip?  Of course not.  He loved them & wanted them to be saved.  He wanted the multitudes to receive that which would lead to everlasting life.  He wanted Peter to have the confidence to trust Him as God.  He wanted the disciples to have all their doubts removed and to come to saving faith.

Jesus wants the same thing for us, too.  The Bible tells us clearly that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).  It tells us that God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim 2:4).  That can only happen when we see Jesus for who He really is, and place our faith and trust in Him.  Romans 10:9, "that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." []  Do you believe that Jesus is God (the Lord)?  Have you confessed Him (received Him) as your own Lord & King?  Do you believe that He lives today?  He died upon the cross for your sins & rose from the grave & still lives.  If you believe these things – if you believe upon Jesus Christ, trusting Him by faith – you WILL be saved.  Just as Jesus lifted Peter from the watery dangers around Him, Jesus will lift you from the eternal dangers you face.  But you’ve got to respond in Him – you’ve got to place your faith in Him.  Salvation doesn’t happen by osmosis; you’ve got to personally acknowledge Jesus to be your God & worship Him as such.  Make that determination today.

What if you’re already a Christian?  Then don’t lose sight of who Jesus is.  Peter lost sight of Jesus & started to sink.  The disciples gained the proper sight of Jesus & worshipped.  It’s easy for us to lose sight of our Savior.  We get distracted by the things of life, by our own failings, by conflicts with others, by sorrows we hold onto.  Get your eyes back onto the Lord!  Trust Him with His sovereign plan, and trust Him to give you what you need to accomplish what He has given you to do.  If Jesus is your Savior, then He is also your God.  See Him as that, and trust Him accordingly.

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