Following Jesus sometimes means we have to get out of the boat, to get out of our “safety zone” for Jesus is not always on the boat but out on the waves in the storm.
Do you have the courage to ask Jesus to command you to come out to Him, out on the waves, out in the storm? Do you have enough Faith that Jesus will sustain you and hold you up, and not let you sink? Do you believe that Jesus will SAVE you? Do you believe that Jesus is your Lord and SAVIOR?
“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” - Thich Nhat Hanh Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life Thich Nhat Hahn
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45Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.
47When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. 48He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, 49but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 50because they all saw him and were terrified.
Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 51Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, 52for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.
53When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there. Mark 6:45-53
Mark 6:45 Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida...
This time Jesus sent the disciple out on the boat without him:
Jesus calms the sea; Christ was with the disciples.
Mark 6:48 About the fourth watch of the night he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them.
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Jesus Walks on Water
He was about to pass by them. Being passed by Jesus is not like having a car pass you on the highway. This is not talking about Jesus calmly walking past the disciples on the water but an actual manifestation, the presence of God, this is the GLORY OF GOD.
Being Passed by is a burning bush, pillar of fire, pillar of cloud type of moment! This is the lesson to the disciples that Jesus is the SON OF GOD, that EVERYTHING is put under His command (from the Father), and to put their trust in Him.
Examples of the Lord Passing By:
18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”
19 And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”
21 Then the LORD said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.”
The Lord said, (to Elijah), “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
1 Kings 19:11
“You of little faith... why did you doubt?”
Jesus Walks on the Water
22Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28”Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29”Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying,
“Truly you are the Son of God.”
Because he who doubts
is like a wave of the sea,
blown and tossed by the wind.
James 1:6 NIV
Are you one of little faith?
Even if it’s late and dark (time is running out) and you feel like you are alone in the middle of a storm (worldly problems). If you are afraid; cry out (desperate prayer) to Jesus. Immediately Jesus answered, gave them courage, and told them not to be afraid.
Peter asked if he could come to Jesus.
Jesus said, “Come.”
There is always an invitation to come to the Lord.
Peter had faith and got down out of the boat, walked on the water, and came toward Jesus. But then Peter saw the wind, the storm, the worldly problems he became distracted, lost courage, and started to focus on the storm, and not focus on Jesus, and he began to sink. Without Jesus we will all sink and fall.
But then Peter cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.
“You of little faith, he said, why did you doubt?”
Jesus will always reach out to us when we call and we can all come to him. When you focus and put your faith in Jesus the storms will calm down.
Then those who were in the boat worshipped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
If you want to walk on water you’ve got to get out of the boat by John Ortberg. Walking on the water is not about some great thing you will do. In fact, by yourself you can do nothing of lasting value. It is about what God longs to do with you by his power and grace. But first you have to get your feet wet.
For many more great insights into Matthew 14:22-36 Jesus Walks on Water.
But I think there were eleven bigger failures sitting in the boat.
- John Ortberg
The worst failure is not to sink in the waves.
The worst failure is to never get out of the boat.
- John Ortberg
“LORD, IF IT’S YOU, TELL ME TO COME TO YOU ON THE WATER
– Simon Peter
Peter may have been the first one out of the boat, but Jesus invitation to walk on the water is for you as well. That’s where you’ll meet him out where the sea is high and footing impossible. As a follower of Jesus, you want to go where he calls you. But walk on water? What does it mean?
– Walking on water means facing your fears and choosing not to let fear have the last word.
– Walking on water means discovering and embracing the unique calling of God on your life.
– Walking on water means experiencing the power of God in your life to do something you would not be capable of doing on your own.
Expect a few waves to slap you in the face. Failure comes with the territory- but so does the strong hand of Jesus pulling you up when the bottom drops out. And so do brilliant successes and rewards that far out weigh the risks.
- from the cover of If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat by John Ortberg.