Mar. 2nd, 2013

Matthew 14

Mar. 2nd, 2013 05:34 pm
chiefofsinners: (autumn)
I find it interesting that we have the feeding of the 5,000 juxtaposed with Jesus walking on the water. Jesus performs a miracle during the day, and that night the disciples don't even recognise Him, but are overtaken by fear. Even Peter, who's pretty gutsy, freaked out even while walking on water.
How often do we do this in our lives? We see God perform a great miracle for us or someone else, but then not too long after, the winds and storms of the world overtake us, and our doubt threatens to sink us beneath the waves. But Jesus doesn't reproach us. He doesn't disapprove of us. He simply reminds us of His presence, that He's not going to let us sink. And He gives us the strength to carry on, to keep going, even when it feels like our world's going to end. Because He's with us, and the storm isn't going to last forever. The break in the clouds is on the horizon.
 

Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. 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. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.

Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.

But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

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

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

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

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”

 

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