Text: Matthew 14:27-29
The first twelve verses of Matthew chapter fourteen gives a detailed account of the events that led to the beheading of John the Baptist.
As soon as Jesus heard the report of John’s death, He sailed to a remote place to mourn, however crowds of people followed Him because of the great miracles He performed in the region; it was during this time of grief that the Lord fed the mixed multitudes with five loaves of bread and two fish! (V13-20)
Thereafter, Jesus told His disciples to cross to the other side of the lake whilst He sent the people home; as they sailed, the men encountered great danger “…a strong wind had risen and they were fighting heavy waves.” (V24)
TSubsequently, an extraordinary sequence of events occurred:
- Verse 25: Jesus came to the disciples walking on water!
- Verse 26: In fear, the men who had witnessed and assisted Jesus as He fed 5,000+ people, thought He was a ghost!
- Verse 27: Jesus tried to comfort the terrified disciples “…Do not be afraid…I am here!”
In the midst of the raging storm, Simon Peter one of the disciples made an audacious request “…Lord if it is really you; tell me to come walking on the water.” (V28)
This experienced fisherman knew about the perils of a stormy sea yet his desire was to do exactly what Jesus did!
In verse 29, we read these words, “Yes come…”
Immediately Peter heard those words, he stepped out of the boat because he recognised the voice of the Lord their God.
Romans 10:17 tells us that “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Jesus said in John 10:27 “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
Amazingly, instead of sinking beneath the waves, Peter walked on the surface of the water towards Jesus!
Believers, when aggressive faith comes upon an individual, the person will say and do things that others consider impossible.
In 2019, if you and I are going to do what Jesus did, we must be prepared to hearken to His voice and act in faith; with God all things are possible!
Pastor G Ferguson.