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Jesus Walks on the Water

Matthew 14.22-33

Good News Translation (GNT)


"get into the boat and go on ahead"

22 Then Jesus made the disciples get into the boat
   and go on ahead to the other side of the lake,
   while he sent the people away.
23 After sending the people away,
   he went up a hill by himself to pray.
   When evening came, Jesus was there alone;
24 and by this time the boat was far out in the lake,
   tossed about by the waves,
   because the wind was blowing against it.
25 Between three and six o'clock in the morning
   Jesus came to the disciples, walking on the water.
26 When they saw him walking on the water,
   they were terrified.


"It's a ghost!"


   they said, and screamed with fear.
27 Jesus spoke to them at once.


"Courage!" he said. "It is I. Don't be afraid!"


28 Then Peter spoke up.
   "Lord, if it is really you, order me to come out on the water to you."
29 "Come!" answered Jesus.
    So Peter got out of the boat and started walking on the water to Jesus.
30  But when he noticed the strong wind,
    he was afraid and started to sink down in the water.


"Save me, Lord!" he cried.


31 At once Jesus reached out
   and grabbed hold of him and said,


"What little faith you have! Why did you doubt?"


32 They both got into the boat,
   and the wind died down.
33 Then the disciples in the boat worshiped Jesus.


"Truly you are the Son of God!" they exclaimed.


Taken from 'The Applied New Testament Commentary' (Kingsway)

Jesus Walks on the Water

According to John's Gospel,
when Jesus had finished feeding the five thousand,
the people said among themselves,


"Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world"
(Deuteronomy 18:15; John 6:14).


John says that the people wanted to make Jesus their king by force.
But Jesus didn't let them.
He dismissed the people and withdrew by Himself to pray (John 6:15).

Jesus immediately sent His disciples away because they also wanted Him to be a king.
They didn't understand, yet, that He would have no chance to suffer and be killed,
and thus God's plan for man's salvation would have been blocked.

Jesus went into the hills to pray.
His disciples, meanwhile, were in a boat trying to row toward Bethsaida.
But the wind was blowing against them,
and they were blown off course toward the middle of the lake.
At about 3 A.M. - Jesus came to them walking on the water.

He was about to pass by them.
He wanted to test their faith.
The disciples were terrified because they thought they were seeing a ghost.
But Jesus told them not to be afraid.


Peter said: "Lord, if it's you.. tell me to come to you on the water"


Peter was testing Jesus to see if He was real or only a ghost.
So Peter stepped onto the water and walked toward Jesus.

But then his faith failed him.
He took his eyes off Jesus,
and began to look at the wind and the waves.
Peter forgot that Jesus was Lord of the wind and he began to sink.
Jesus held on to him and brought him into the boat.


And said to him, "You of little faith... why did you doubt?"


We, likewise, whenever we take our eyes off Jesus
and begin to look at our troubles, will surely sink.

After Peter had begun to be afraid,
he again turned his eyes to Jesus and cried out,


"Lord, save me!"


We, too, when troubles come upon us
and we feel like we are sinking,
can call out to Jesus,
and He will hold out His hand and keep us from sinking.


Peter did not try to save himself; neither should we.


The disciples didn't know who Jesus was
because their hearts were hardened.
They were still men of little faith.

Nevertheless, Matthew writes that after Peter and Jesus
got into the boat and the wind died down,
the disciples worshiped Jesus and said,


'Truly you are the Son of God"


Finally they had begun to be aware of who Jesus was.
According to John 6:22-24,
the morning after the feeding of the five thousand,
the crowd looked for Jesus.
They had seen the disciples leave in the boat without Jesus,
so they supposed that Jesus was still nearby.
They still wanted to make Him a king.

But finally, when they could not find Jesus anywhere,
they got into some boats that had come from the city of Tiberias,
and went across the lake in search of Him



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