Walking On Water

 

 

After feeding the five thousand, Jesus insisted that His disciples get into their boat and go ahead of Him to the other side of the lake while He dismissed the crowds.

Once everyone had left, He retreated to a mountain by Himself to pray. As the night deepened, Jesus was there alone,

and the boat was now far from the land, beaten by the waves for the wind was against them.

The Sea of Galilee, known for its sudden and violent storms, was particularly tumultuous that night. The disciples, several of whom were experienced fishermen, found themselves battling not just the waves, but the wind which was directly against them

It was during the fourth watch of the night, between 3 and 6 AM, when the darkest part of night transitions to early morning light, that a remarkable event occurred.

The disciples saw a figure approaching their boat, walking calmly on the roiling water. Initially, they reacted with terror, mistaking the figure for a spirit or ghost—an understandable reaction given their fatigue and the eerie pre-dawn hour. Immediately recognizing their fear, Jesus called out to reassure them, saying, “Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.” His familiar voice and words were designed to calm and comfort them, demonstrating his awareness of their emotional state.

Spurred by a mixture of fear and faith, Peter, one of the disciples, called out to Jesus. He asked to join him on the water, to which Jesus replied simply, “Come.” Peter stepped out of the boat and miraculously began walking towards Jesus on the surface of the water.

However, as he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened and started to sink. Peter's cry for help, “Lord, save me!” was met with immediate assistance from Jesus, who reached out and steadied him, gently admonishing him for his doubt.

Once Jesus and Peter returned to the boat, the storm ceased—a dramatic and sudden end to the chaos that had plagued the disciples throughout the night. This sudden calm reinforced the extraordinary nature of the event they had just witnessed. The disciples’ reaction was one of awe and renewed faith, openly acknowledging Jesus as the Son of God.

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