Sunday, January 30, 2022
Walking on the Water
22-23 As soon as the meal was finished, he insisted that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he dismissed the people. With the crowd dispersed, he climbed the mountain so he could be by himself and pray. He stayed there alone, late into the night.
24-26 Meanwhile, the boat was far out to sea when the wind came up against them and they were battered by the waves. At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them walking on the water. They were scared to death. “A ghost!” they said, crying out in terror.
27 But Jesus was quick to comfort them. “Courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.”
28 Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.”
29-30 He said, “Come ahead.”
Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!”
31 Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, “Faint-heart, what got into you?”
32-33 The two of them climbed into the boat, and the wind died down. The disciples in the boat, having watched the whole thing, worshiped Jesus, saying, “This is it! You are God’s Son for sure!”
-Matthew 14:22-33 The Message
Jesus Walks on the Water
Verse 22: Immediately afterward He compelled the disciples to get into the boat and to go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away
Verse 23: After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.
Verse 23 study: Verse 13 mentions that Jesus went into solitude after hearing John’s death. Jesus made solitude a priority. He made room in his busy schedule to be alone with the Father. Spending time with God alone nurtures a vital relationship and equips us to meet life’s challenges and struggles. You will grow spiritually and become more and more like Christ.
Verse 24: But the boat was already a long distance from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was contrary.
Verse 25: And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea.
Verse 26: When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear.
Verse 27: But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
Verse 28: Peter responded and said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
Verse 28 study: Peter was not putting Jesus to the test, something we shouldn’t do (4:7). Instead, Peter was the only person on the boat that reacted out of faith. His impulsive request led him to experience an unusual demonstration of God’s power. Peter started to sink because he took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the high waves surrounding him. His faith wavered when he realized what was going on. We may not walk on water, but we do walk through our situations. If we focus on the waves of difficulty around us without looking to Jesus, we may despair and sink. Maintaining your faith when difficult problems arise will take focus, keeping your eyes on Jesus’ power than your inadequacies.
Verse 29: And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and came toward Jesus.
Verse 30: But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and when he began to sink, he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
Verse 31: Immediately Jesus reached out with His hand and took hold of him, and *said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Verses 30-31 studies: We start with a good attitude or purpose, sometimes our faith falters. This don’t mean that our actions have failed. When Peter’s faith faltered, he reached out to Christ, the only one that can help. When you aren’t sure about your troubles around you and doubt Christ’s presence or ability to help, remember he is the only One who can help.
Verse 32: When they got into the boat, the wind stopped.
Verse 33: And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “You are truly God’s Son!”