What Happens on the Boat With Jesus and His Disciples?

When Jesus was in Galilee, He often traveled by boat with His disciples. These journeys provided opportunities for Jesus to teach and for His disciples to witness His miraculous powers. In this article, we will take a closer look at some of the events that occurred on these boat rides.

Miraculous Calming of the Storm

One of the most well-known stories about Jesus and His disciples on a boat is the miraculous calming of the storm. As described in Matthew 8:23-27, while crossing the Sea of Galilee, a fierce storm arose that threatened to capsize their boat. Meanwhile, Jesus was asleep in the stern of the boat.

The disciples woke Him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” (Matthew 8:25).

Jesus then rebuked the winds and waves, and there was a great calm (Matthew 8:26). The disciples were amazed and asked each other, “What kind of man is this?

Even the winds and waves obey Him!” (Matthew 8:27).

This event demonstrated not only Jesus’ power over nature but also His authority as God’s Son.

Walking on Water

Another famous story involving Jesus and His disciples on a boat is when He walked on water. As recounted in Matthew 14:22-33, after feeding five thousand people with just five loaves of bread and two fish, Jesus sent His disciples ahead in a boat while He went up into the hills to pray.

Later that night, as the boat was buffeted by strong winds and waves, Jesus came toward them walking on the water. When they saw Him approaching, they were terrified and thought He was a ghost.

But Jesus reassured them, saying “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid” (Matthew 14:27).

Peter then asked if he could walk on the water too. Jesus invited him to come, and Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.

But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and began to sink. He cried out, “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:30), and Jesus reached out His hand and caught him.

This event demonstrated not only Jesus’ power over nature but also His ability to strengthen and sustain those who have faith in Him.

Teaching from the Boat

In addition to performing miracles on the boat, Jesus also used these journeys as opportunities to teach His disciples about God’s kingdom. One such example is found in Mark 4:35-41.

As they were crossing the Sea of Galilee, Jesus began teaching a parable about a farmer sowing seeds. He explained that some seeds fell on rocky ground and withered away while others fell among thorns and were choked by them. But some seeds fell on good soil and produced a bountiful harvest (Mark 4:3-8).

Later that night, after calming the storm, Jesus asked His disciples why they were so afraid. He then rebuked their lack of faith and said, “Do you still have no faith?”

(Mark 4:40). This event demonstrated not only Jesus’ power over nature but also His desire for His disciples to trust in Him fully.

Conclusion

In conclusion, while traveling by boat with His disciples, Jesus performed miracles that demonstrated His power over nature and strengthened their faith in Him. These boat rides also provided opportunities for Him to teach them about God’s kingdom. As we reflect on these events today, may we be reminded of Jesus’ authority and love for us as we navigate life’s storms.