In Matthew 14, we read the story of Jesus walking on the water and Peter’s attempt to do the same. This miraculous event left quite an impression on the disciples who were with Jesus at that time. Let’s explore their reactions and what we can learn from them.
The Disciples’ Fear and Doubt
The story begins with Jesus sending his disciples ahead in a boat while he goes up to a mountain to pray. Later that night, the boat is caught in a storm, and the disciples are struggling to keep it afloat.
Then, they see Jesus walking towards them on the water. At first, they think it’s a ghost and become terrified.
Matthew 14:26-27 says, “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.'”
Despite Jesus’ reassurance, Peter still doubts and asks him to prove that it is really him by asking Peter to come out on the water too.
Peter’s Boldness and Lack of Faith
Peter steps out of the boat onto the water but quickly gets scared by the wind and waves around him. He begins to sink but cries out for Jesus to save him.
Matthew 14:30-31 says, “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?'”
Peter’s boldness in stepping out of the boat is admirable but his lack of faith caused him to doubt when faced with adversity.
The Disciples’ Amazement
After Jesus saves Peter from sinking into the water, they both get into the boat, and the wind dies down. The disciples are amazed at what they have witnessed.
Matthew 14:32-33 says, “And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.'”
The disciples’ amazement at witnessing Jesus’ power over nature is understandable. It is a reminder that we serve a powerful God who can do anything.
Lessons We Can Learn
This story teaches us several important lessons. Firstly, we should not let fear and doubt hold us back from following Jesus. Peter’s boldness in stepping out of the boat is an example of how we should trust and have faith in God’s abilities.
Secondly, we should remember to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and not be distracted by our circumstances. When Peter took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the wind and waves around him, it caused him to doubt and sink.
Lastly, this story reminds us of Jesus’ power and authority over nature. We can take comfort in knowing that he has control over all things, including our lives.
In conclusion, Matthew 14:22-33 tells us about Jesus walking on water and Peter’s attempt to do the same. The disciples’ reactions ranged from fear to amazement as they witnessed this miraculous event.
This story teaches us valuable lessons about trust, faith, focus, and God’s power over all things. May we remember these lessons as we navigate through life’s storms with Jesus by our side.