The story of Jesus walking on water is a well-known account in the Bible. It is an event that showcases the power and divinity of Jesus. But what did Jesus say to the disciples in the boat during this miraculous event?
As the story goes, Jesus had just finished feeding a crowd of five thousand people with only five loaves of bread and two fish. After dismissing the crowd, he sent his disciples ahead of him in a boat to cross to the other side of the Sea of Galilee while he went up to a mountainside to pray.
As the disciples were crossing, a storm began to brew and they found themselves struggling against strong winds and rough waves. In their fear and panic, they saw what they thought was a ghost walking towards them on the water. It was then that Jesus spoke to them, saying “Take courage!
It is I. Don’t be afraid.” (Matthew 14:27)
These words from Jesus were not just meant to calm their fears but also served as a reminder of who He was – the Son of God who had power over all things. By walking on water and speaking these words, Jesus demonstrated His divine nature and authority over nature itself.
But Peter, one of the disciples, wanted even more proof. He asked Jesus to command him to come out onto the water as well.
And so, Jesus said “Come.” (Matthew 14:29)
Peter stepped out onto the water but quickly became afraid when he saw how strong the wind was. He began to sink but cried out for help from Jesus who immediately reached out His hand and caught him saying “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”(Matthew 14:31)
This account serves as a reminder that we must have faith in God’s power even in times of trouble or chaos. When we focus on Him instead of our circumstances, we can experience peace and even miracles.
In conclusion, Jesus’ words to the disciples in the boat were not just words of comfort and reassurance, but also a powerful declaration of His divinity and authority over all things. As we face the storms of life, may we remember to keep our eyes on Him and trust in His power and love.