Yesterday, we discussed how Jesus fed a hungry crowd of more than 5,000 with five loaves of bread and two fish.
Jesus dismissed the crowd and told the disciples to get into the boat and go ahead of him to Capernaum on the other side of the lake. Then Jesus went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.
Here’s what happened next:
Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them.
Shortly before dawn, when they had rowed about three or four miles, he went out to them, walking on the lake.
When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading. They were completely amazed, for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened. They worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
(Matthew 14:22-36; Mark 6:45-51; John 6:16-21)
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
1. Who exactly is Jesus?
The disciples are finally starting to get it. They’re amazed and worship him, declaring that he’s “the Son of God.”
2. What exactly should we do?
Have faith. Don’t doubt. And when we face the inevitable storms of life, reach out to Jesus and trust him 100% to save us.
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