Master to Messiah Day 17
Week 4 >> Day 2
Jesus Walks on the Water
Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.
Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!”
But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”
Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”
“Yes, come,” Jesus said.
So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.
After they had crossed the lake, they landed at Gennesaret. When the people recognized Jesus, the news of his arrival spread quickly throughout the whole area, and soon people were bringing all their sick to be healed. They begged him to let the sick touch at least the fringe of his robe, and all who touched him were healed.
Soon after seeing the masses fed by this miracle of Jesus, the disciples once again display fear instead of faith when they are out at sea. Jesus tells them He will meet them on the other side when He sends them off. Jesus goes alone to a mountain to pray while the disciples encounter a terrible storm on the water. Seeing them afraid and straining in the storm, Jesus comes walking on the water. Because they are operating out of fear, rather than faith, they see a ghost instead of God’s glory. Jesus answers their fear with encouragement and comfort proclaiming it is He and not a phantom they see.
Peter expresses great faith at this point, and asks Jesus to allow him to walk with Him on the water. Jesus tells him to come, and Peter climbs out of the boat and starts walking to Jesus. You can imagine the awe and amazement he feels as he focuses on Jesus and starts walking on the waves to Him. However, as soon as he takes his eyes off Jesus and focuses again on the storm, he begins to sink and cries out for Jesus to save him. Jesus refers to Peter as “you of little faith,” and asks him why he began to doubt. When they got back in the boat, the storm dissipates and the disciples worship Jesus.
This is another turning point for Peter. Peter’s faith, while greater than it ever has been, is still not strong enough to save him. Peter does know who can save him and he cries out to Jesus. Peter learns, in a very tangible way, that keeping his eyes on Jesus is the only way to safely navigate the storms of life.
Ask God to increase your faith, and show you areas where you are still lacking.
- Why do you think Peter is so eager to get out of the boat and walk on water with Jesus? How do you think the other disciples respond to his request?
- Despite his faltering faith, Peter does get out of the boat. Why does Jesus refer to Peter as “you of little faith” when he is the only one who even attempts to walk to Jesus?
- What gets in the way of you hanging on to faith and not doubting or giving up?