Bible Gateway passage: Matthew 14:22-33 – New International Version
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8. Jesus Walks on Water (Matthew 14:22-36; Mark 6:45-56; John 6:16-24)
The main point of the presentation is to keep your eyes on Jesus.Keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, as the key verse says.The author of faith is none other but He who is the author of faith.
He also ensures that it is flawless.- Hebrews 12:2a (Hebrews 12:2) Props include: two or three spray bottles filled with water, hand-held battery-operated fans or paper fans (or even electric fans), and a storm soundtrack to accompany the action.Teacher: Make a prior arrangement with some adults to come up front and distract the pupils at the appropriate time.The adults should go about the room, softly spraying the children with water bottles and using fans to blow wind in their faces.(If you’re using electric fans, turn them on and direct them toward the children.) As the Storm soundtrack plays, one adult should alternately turn on and off his or her lights.
Say something like this: Over the past few weeks, we have learnt a great deal about Jesus.First and foremost, we learned that the Jewish people had been waiting hundreds of years for their King..Then, after a lengthy wait, Jesus finally arrived.
Jesus taught that the kingdom of God was fundamentally different from the world we live in.After that, we witnessed that Jesus had authority over nature when He used a single word to quiet the surging sea.We discovered that Jesus has total control over demonic spirits, and that only Jesus has the authority to pardon sins on our behalf.As we saw last week, when Jesus cured the lady with the blood problem and resurrected Jairus’ daughter from the dead, He possessed supernatural authority over disease and death.As word spread about Jesus, the miracle worker, an increasing number of people expressed an interest in hearing from and seeing Him.
It appeared as though a large crowd had gathered wherever Jesus was.5,000 men, as well as women and children, congregated one day to hear Jesus speak, according to the gospels.(Matthew 14:21; Luke 14:21) That suggests that there were maybe 20,000 people who came to hear Jesus preach on that particular day.And, after sitting through hours of Jesus’ teaching, the audience was growing hungry itself.
Jesus accepted the meal that had been given to Him by a small boy (John 6:9).It was only two fish and five little loaves of bread, yet Jesus broke that bread and continued to break it until it was completely consumed.In order to feed everyone in the gathering until they were satisfied, the disciples distributed enough bread and fish to go around.
And there were twelve baskets of food left over after all of that!(See also Luke 9:17.) Despite the fact that the disciples were there for this miracle, the Bible claims that they did not completely comprehend it (Mark 6:52).Their hearts were hard, or obstinate, according to the Bible (Mark 6:52).They were aware that Jesus was different, but they were unaware that He was the Messiah, God manifested in a human body (Matthew 14:33).
- They were not yet looking with ″kingdom eyes,″ as the phrase goes.
- As a result, Jesus was ready to perform yet another miracle.
- This time, though, the disciples would fully comprehend who Jesus truly is.
- Teacher’s Note: We must be cautious about passing judgment on the disciples’ obstinate hearts.
After all, they did not yet possess the Holy Spirit, who would lead them into all truth in the future (John 16:13).Despite being filled with the Spirit, how many times do we fail to perceive God’s presence and action in our lives?
Jesus Walks On The Water (Matthew 14:22-36)
Say this: Immediately following the miracle of the fish and the loaves of bread, Jesus had something new to share with His followers.He escorted the multitude away and dispatched the disciples across the Sea of Galilee to their destination.Keep in mind that the Sea of Galilee was truly a large lake.
The disciples were immediately ordered to get into the boat by Jesus.He directed them to proceed ahead of Him to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, where He would meet them.Then He ordered the throng to disperse.Having sent them away, He walked up a hill by Himself to pray for a while.When the evening came, He was the only one present.
The boat had already traveled a great distance away from land.Because the wind was blowing directly against it, it was getting pummeled by the waves.Jesus went out to meet with his disciples quite early in the morning.He took a stroll around the lake.
They were scared when they saw Him wandering about on the lake.They said, ″It’s a ghost!″ They screamed in terror as a result.As soon as Jesus saw them, he cried out to them, ″Be brave!
It is, in fact, I.″Do not be alarmed.″ – Matthew 14:22-27 (King James Version) Say this: When the storm winds were approaching, Jesus dispatched His companions across the lake.Inquire as to whether Jesus was taken by surprise by the windstorm.No.
- Say something like: ″Of course it wasn’t!″ They were sent into this storm by Jesus for a cause.
- He desired to put their faith to the test and teach them something about Himself that they were unaware of at the time.
- Let’s take a moment to reflect on this situation.
- Mark and John, as well as Matthew, tell the tale of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
John informs us that the boat had traveled more over three miles from the coast by this point (John 6:19).Mark informs us that Jesus could see the disciples from where He was praying on the mountaintop, according to the gospel of Mark (Mark 6:48).The disciples were having a difficult time rowing since a strong wind was blowing directly into them from the north.There was only one way for Jesus to cross the lake because the disciples had stolen the boat and left him stranded.
Jesus really came out onto the ocean to greet them!Another illustration of Jesus’ authority over nature may be seen here.Somehow, the water was able to support Him.
- The water had a different effect on Jesus than it had on the other disciples.
- Even just getting across the lake was a challenge for the disciples.
- Jesus, on the other hand, strolled on top of the waves.
- When Jesus calmed the storm in our tale a few weeks ago, do you recall what the disciples said?
- ″What kind of a man is this?″ they wondered.
- Even the winds and the waves are subject to His will!″ (See Matthew 8:27 for further information.) Don’t you ever wish you could experience what it was like to walk on water?
- At the very least, one of the apostles did!
- Mark claims that because it was so early in the morning, the sky was still black when they arrived (Mark 6:48).
- It’s no surprise that the males were apprehensive at first.
The moment they heard Jesus’ voice, Peter responded with a response of his own.
Peter Walks On The Water (Matthew 14:28-29)
Peter was a one-of-a-kind individual.Among all of the disciples, he possessed the greatest amount of confidence.He uttered things that other people could only speculate about.
He was the sort of person who dared to do things that other people wouldn’t have had the courage to do in the same situation.Peter was utterly sucked into Jesus’ world.Peter wished to follow Jesus with all of his heart and soul.However, he committed a number of blunders.″Is it You, Lord?″ says the narrator.
Peter was the one who inquired.″If that’s the case, please tell me to come to you via boat.″ ″Come,″ Jesus called out.As a result, Peter climbed out of the boat.He approached Jesus by walking on the sea.
– Matthew 14:28-29, New International Version Observe and inquire: Why did Jesus call Peter, but not the other disciples, to come out to Him?As a result of Peter’s inquiry!As an example, Peter is the sole disciple who has begged to come to Jesus with him.
Knowing Peter, it should come as no surprise that he desired to follow Jesus into the wilderness.The other disciples may have wished to accompany Jesus on his journey, but none of them would have dared to ask him to do so.Peter requested to come to Jesus, waited for Jesus to summon him, and then followed Jesus’ instructions.How do you view yourself today?
- Do you see yourself as more like Peter, who is ready and willing to ask God to use you, or do you see yourself as more like the other disciples, who waited in the boat waiting to see what would happen with Peter?
- According to the Bible, it is appropriate to pray to God for opportunity (Matthew 7:7).
- Older students may choose to participate in the following activities: ″If it’s You, please tell me to come to you on the sea,″ Peter pleaded as he got out of the boat.
- Peter wished to accept that Jesus was the Son of God, but he was unable to.
Peter, on the other hand, was seeking for proof.He was pleading with Jesus to suspend him in the waves so that he might be certain that Jesus was the Son of the Living God.Jesus did not become enraged with Peter for asking this question.″Come,″ Jesus simply asked him to do so.
With enough confidence, Peter ventured out of the dry, solid boat in the dark, as the wind was churning up the waves around him.At first, Peter’s gaze was riveted on the Lord Jesus.Peter didn’t have to be concerned about the wind or the seas because he had trust that Jesus would not allow him to drown.
- Peter’s faith was strong because he remained focused on Jesus at all times.
- He was aware of the authority that Jesus has over all things.
- He was well aware of how much Jesus cherished him and that Jesus would never fail him.
- Application: When you keep your gaze fixed on Jesus, your faith will be strengthened.
- As we have seen, Jesus has complete authority over all things.
- Is there anything He isn’t capable of accomplishing?
- And Jesus has a soft spot for you.
- He cares for you so much that He is willing to give His life for you.
- When you get to know Jesus, you realize that He is absolutely deserving of your confidence.
Maintaining your emphasis on His power and His love for you will help you to have a solid foundation of faith.
Peter Sinks (Matthew 14:30-31)
However, before long, Peter’s gaze was drawn away from Jesus.But when Peter noticed the wind, he became alarmed, according to Matthew 14:30.He began to sank to the bottom of the pool.
″Lord, please save me!″ he cried out.As soon as Jesus saw him, He reached out His hand and caught him.″Your faith is so insignificant!″ ″He said it,″ he said.″How could you have doubted Me?″ – Matthew 14:30-31, New International Version In response to the wind and waves, Peter began to question whether Jesus was more strong than the storm that around him (Matthew 14:31).Do you know what the Bible says about having reservations?
″People who are filled with uncertainty are like the waves of the sea.″The wind whips them around and knocks them off their feet.″ (6:6) (James 1:6b) What an intriguing word image you’ve created!Peter was actually thrown around by the wind and seas as a result of his uncertainty.He began to sank to the bottom of the pool.
Inquire as to if anything about Jesus has changed that has led Peter to plummet.No!What has changed since then?
Peter’s gaze was diverted away from Jesus.Say: Peter took a deep breath and looked at the terrifying storm.He was completely overwhelmed by things that were far more powerful than he could ever hope to be.Peter, on the other hand, should have recalled that nothing is more powerful than Christ!
- While he was focused on Jesus, the objects around him did not pose a threat to him in any way.
- Say something like, ″Let’s do a small experiment.″ Everyone raises their heads to gaze at me.
- Just keep your attention on me.
- Keep your gaze fixed on me at all times.
Keep your gaze fixed on me, no matter what is going on around you.You have the option to blink, but you must not look away.Now it’s time for the ″distracters.″ Continue to instruct the children to keep their attention on you as your scheduled adult volunteers attempt to distract them, the lights come on and off, and the storm music plays in the background.After a few minutes, express your gratitude to your helpers.
Inquire as to whether it was challenging to maintain your concentration where it was needed to be.Keep an ear out for responses.As an example, consider Peter’s distractions: the wind was howling and the waves slamming on the shore.
- Peter’s attention shifted to the things going on around him, and he began to mistrust Jesus.
- Suddenly, he was overcome with terror, and he began to sink.
- Of course, when Peter began to sink, Jesus was immediately there to pull him out of the water!
- Jesus gently reminded Peter that his faith was insufficient since he had doubted Jesus.
- Remember that Peter was the only one who was ready to step out of the boat that morning before passing judgment.
- Many people remark about how Peter fell into the water, but few people recall that the other disciples remained in the boat the entire time.
- Application: He advised the disciples to be bold and not to be terrified when they first saw Jesus walking on the water, and they did.
- Peter, on the other hand, was a mixture of trust and dread.
- That, I believe, defines the majority of us at times.
We may begin with faith if we so choose.We could start doing something that we know is right for us because we believe it is God’s will (like being nice to the kid that nobody likes).Alternatively, we could have faith that provides us with serenity throughout a tough moment (like when a family member is sick, or our parents are arguing).But then our gaze is diverted away from Jesus.We take a glance around at the frightening scenario we find ourselves in.We have our doubts about God’s ability to control the situation or about His willingness to assist us if we ask.
It is possible that we will quit doing what God has asked us to accomplish.Alternatively, we may be overcome by terror.You’re probably familiar with the type of terror I’m referring to – the kind that makes you feel like there’s a whirlwind in the pit of your stomach.However, the fact is as follows: Many circumstances are too large or too frightening for you to manage, but nothing is too large or too frightening for Jesus!Don’t get caught up in the circumstances you find yourself in.
- Concentrate on the One who has complete control over every event!
- What an incredible blessing you have!
- The Creator of the world, who has complete control over all things, is completely smitten with you!
- Zerubbabel (Zephaniah 3:17) He DESIRES to do what is best for you, and He is ABLE to accomplish what is best for you.
- He is your advocate.
- Concentrating on that reality should provide you with tranquility.
That reality should instill confidence in you, allowing you to step out of your boat and perform whatever it is He has called you to do without hesitation.No one’s faith is without flaws.Even if you do stumble or have any doubts (like Peter did), talk to Jesus about it.He will help you through it (Mark 9:24).Jesus is the same every day.Jesus is that near to you, and He will assist you in the same way He did with Peter, reaching out His hand and grabbing him to keep him safe.
The Disciples Praise Jesus (Matthew 14:32-33)
Say something like this: After Peter and Jesus boarded the boat, something incredible happened.And as soon as they stepped inside the boat, the wind went down completely.Then everyone in the boat bowed their heads in reverence, proclaiming, ″Truly, you are the Son of God.″ – Matthew 14:32-33, New International Version The disciples were finally able to comprehend who Jesus was.
They’d previously witnessed Jesus perform miracles.However, when Peter and the other disciples realized that Jesus could walk on water with the help of PETER, their lives were forever altered.They were all familiar with Peter.Some had known him for the most of their lives.He was nothing more than a simple, awkward, and talkative fisherman.
Nevertheless, when he placed his faith in Jesus, he performed a miracle by walking on the water of the Sea of Galilee!Peter’s life was revolutionized by Jesus.Jesus, without a doubt, was the Son of God.Application: What does this have to do with you?
You’re well-known among your friends and family.They are well aware of your flaws and the blunders you make.They are well aware of your true identity.
If you ask God to use you, step out in trust, and keep your eyes on Jesus, He will do incredible things in and through your life.This is the essence of what it means to live in the kingdom of God.You will accomplish things that you could never do on your own; you will love people who appear to be unlovable; and you will find serenity when it appears that it is impossible.Then you will be a living testament to Jesus’s love for others.
- The ones who are closest to you will be the first to recognize Jesus as the Lord of lords!
- POWERPOINT VERSE Verse of the Day: Let us keep our gaze fixed on Jesus.
- The author of faith is none other but He who is the author of faith.
- He also ensures that it is flawless.
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What Jesus Showed the Apostles by Walking on Water
The New Testament Bible tale of Jesus walking on water is one of the most commonly repeated narratives and one of the most significant miracles performed by Jesus in his lifetime.The incident takes place immediately after another miracle, the feeding of the 5,000 people, had taken place.This experience persuaded the twelve disciples that Jesus is, in fact, the Son of God who is still alive.Because of its religious significance, the narrative serves as the foundation for numerous fundamental life teachings that guide believers in their religious practices.
- When they saw him, they were all scared, according to Mark 6:50–51. Jesus, on the other hand, talked to them right away. It was his way of saying, ″Don’t be frightened.″ ″Do not be afraid! ″I have arrived!″ After that, he went inside the boat, and the wind died down completely. They were completely taken aback (NLT)
- The Bible says in Matthew 14:29–31 that Jesus said, ″Yes, come.″ As a result, Peter climbed over the side of the boat and began walking across the sea toward Jesus. However, when he saw the tremendous wind and the waves, he became afraid and began to sink into the water. ″Lord, save me!″ he cried out in desperation. As soon as Jesus saw him, he reached out and grasped him. ″You have such a small amount of faith,″ Jesus responded. ″Can you tell me why you were so skeptical of me?″ (NLT)
In the Gospels, Jesus walks on water in Matthew 14:22-33, Mark 6:45-52, and John 6:16-21, as well as other places. The allusion to the apostle Peter walking on water is not present in the gospels of Mark and John, on the other hand.
Bible Story Summary
Following the feeding of the 5,000, Jesus Christ dispatched his disciples ahead of him in a boat to cross the Sea of Galilee to the other side.Later that night, the disciples came upon a storm that made them feel uneasy and threatened them with death.Their dread quickly changed to horror as they saw Jesus strolling toward them across the surface of the water, and they began to believe that they were seeing the appearance of a ghost.According to Matthew chapter 27 verse 27, Jesus instructed them, ″Take a deep breath and go for it!It is, in fact, I.Don’t be intimidated.″ (NIV) Peter said, ″Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the sea,″ and Jesus encouraged Peter to do just that, which Peter gladly accepted.
- While walking on the sea, Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and saw only the wind and waves, which caused him to begin to sink.
- As soon as he took his eyes off of Jesus, Peter began to sink.
- When Peter called out to the Lord, Jesus quickly put out his hand to grab him in his arms.
- As Jesus and Peter clambered into the boat together, the storm came to an abrupt halt.
Following their witnessing of this miracle, the disciples prostrated themselves before Jesus and said, ″Truly you are the Son of God.″
Lessons From the Story
- According to Christians, this narrative has life lessons that go beyond what is immediately apparent: Making place for God: Jesus dispatched his followers so that he could go alone to a mountaintop and pray alone in solitude. Despite his hectic schedule, Jesus made spending time with God a primary priority in his daily life. The narrative serves as a reminder to Christians of the need of making space for God in their lives.
- Recognizing the Lord’s presence: Despite the fact that they had been with Jesus for a long time, the disciples did not recognize him as he approached them in the midst of the storm. The narrative serves as a reminder to Christians that when the Lord appears to them in the midst of their own personal troubles, they may not recognize him.
- Concentrating on Jesus: Peter did not begin to sink until he took his eyes off of Jesus and began to gaze about him at the wind and the seas. According to the lesson, when Christians take their eyes off of Jesus and concentrate on their challenging circumstances, they begin to crumble under the weight of their issues and eventually perish. If we call out to Jesus in trust, he will come and take our hands in his and lift us over what appears to be insurmountable circumstances.
- Restoring faith after a lapse: When Peter got off the boat, he had excellent intentions, but his faith began to wane as time went on. Peter’s leap of faith, on the other hand, did not result in disappointment. His voice rang out to the Lord even though he was terrified, knowing that Jesus was the only one who could assist him. This incident serves as a reminder to believers that a temporary loss of faith is only that: a temporary loss of faith. The Lord is still there for believers when they call out to him.
- Weathering the storm with Jesus: As soon as Jesus entered into the boat, the storm subsided completely. Those who believe in Jesus can enjoy peace of mind knowing that he will calm the tumultuous waves of life when they are in his company.
What was the meaning of Jesus walking on water?
Answer to the question Immediately following His miraculous feeding of the 5,000 with only five loaves of bread and two fish (as reported in three of the Gospels; Matthew 14:22–36; Mark 6:45–56; John 6:16–21), Jesus performed the miracle of walking on water (Matthew 14:17).Jesus’ disciples were convinced that He was the Son of God by the miracle of His walking on the water (Matthew 14:32–33), but it was the miracle of Jesus walking on the water that convinced them the most.The action of the narrative takes place near the Sea of Galilee, which is located in the lower half of the Jordan Valley, in a mountain range that rises to 4,000 feet above sea level and is home to the apostle Jesus.Despite its name, the lake lies 700 feet below sea level in the Mediterranean Sea.One of the most notable characteristics of this body of water is that it is particularly vulnerable to storms that may come on suddenly and be extremely powerful.This type of storm is triggered by the collision of cold air rushing down from the mountains surrounding it with warm, moist air rising from the surface of the water itself.
- After sunset, his disciples proceeded down to the lake, where they boarded a boat and began their journey to Capernaum.
- By this time, it was dark, and Jesus had not yet arrived to join them.
- There was a heavy wind blowing, and the sea became choppy.
- At about three or three and a half miles into their row, they noticed Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water, and they were frightened.
But he assured them, saying, ‘It is I; do not be alarmed.’ Then they were willing to put him in the boat, and the boat arrived at the shore where they were headed almost immediately″ (John 6:16–21).There are numerous noteworthy aspects of this miracle that should be noted.″The boat was already a fair way from land, buffeted by the waves since the wind was blowing directly against it,″ Matthew explains.
Matthew 14:24–25 tells us that ″during the fourth watch of the night, Jesus went out to meet them, walking on the lake.″ Despite the fact that they were only planning to go a short distance, the storm was so powerful that, despite their best attempts, they were forced nearly four miles out into the middle of the sea by the storm.Because it was the fourth watch of the night (from 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM), they had been rowing and straining at their oars for about nine hours at this point!They were completely depleted of all energy.
- When the disciples first saw Jesus walking on the lake, according to Mark, they believed He was a ghost and ran away.
- It was because they were all afraid that they screamed because they saw Him (Mark 6:48–50).
- As a result, we have arrived at the second and most important point of this miraculous event.
- When we are in the midst of a storm, Jesus is always there for us.
Isaiah’s words to the people of God, ″When you pass through the floods, I will be with you; and when you cross through the rivers, they will not sweep you away,″ come to mind (Isaiah 43:2).In certain cases, God may not appear at the moment we expect Him to, since He knows when we are most in need of His assistance.Jesus had waited until the boat was as far away from shore as it could possibly be before appearing to them, when all hope had been lost.In essence, Jesus was putting the disciples’ faith to the test, which necessitated the removal of every human prop.Why did Jesus choose to walk on water?
- To demonstrate to His pupils that the exact thing they feared, the roaring, boiling sea, was only a series of steps that He had to take in order for Him to reach them Often, we fear the painful situations of life, such as illness, the death of loved ones, and financial troubles, only to learn that these experiences may actually bring Jesus closer to our hearts and minds.
- However, we must inquire as to why they failed to acknowledge Jesus.
- The explanation is that they weren’t seeking for Him in the first place.
- If they had waited in trust, they would have recognized Him very immediately.
Instead, they drew the incorrect conclusion that His appearance was that of a ghost and went with it.In essence, fear and faith are incompatible with one another because fear usually causes people to lose sight of the presence of God in their lives.The third key point is that Jesus demonstrated that He was in charge of the elements, which is something only God is capable of accomplishing.His revelation to the disciples, who immediately acknowledged His divinity and replied with a profession of trust in Jesus as God, was as follows: ″The wind went down.Those in the boat then worshiped him, proclaiming: ″Truly, you are the Son of God,″ as recorded in Matthew 14:32–33.This was the first time the disciples referred to Jesus as the Son of God, a remark that, in reality, expanded on what they had declared about Him previously in Matthew 8:27: ″Jesus, you are the Son of God.″ ″What kind of a man is this?″ says the author.
- ″Even the winds and the waves bow to his authority.″ ″Truly, you are the Son of God,″ they declare in response to their own query.
- Even though they still had a long way to go in terms of spiritual comprehension, the disciples’ confidence in the Lord was becoming stronger every day.
- Furthermore, it is stated that this was the first time the disciples offered adoration to Jesus.
- The magi from the East came to worship Jesus, according to Matthew 2:11.
- Later on, it is reported that a leper came to Jesus and worshipped him (Matthew 8:2).
In Matthew 9:18, the ruler of the synagogue performs the same thing.The disciples, on the other hand, were worshipping Him for the first time.The fact that their worship is tied in with their confession should not be overlooked as well (Matthew 14:33).And this is what worship is all about: recognising who God is and thanking Him for who He is as well as for what He has done in our lives.
That it was in this account that the disciples made the first step and acknowledged Jesus as the Son of God is a significant milestone.Questions concerning Matthew can be found here.So, what exactly was the significance of Jesus walking on water?
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Jesus walks on water – Peter’s faith is tested (Matthew 14:22 – 14:33)
Immediately following the feeding of the 5,000, Jesus ordered the disciples to get into a boat and proceed to a location on the other side of the Sea of Galilee, while he dismissed the rest of the multitude.Following his dismissal of the multitude, Jesus ascended a hillside by himself and began to pray.In the late hours of the night, Jesus was alone on the mountaintop, and the boat was already a long way from the coast, being battered by waves as a result of the violent wind.The disciples were waiting for Jesus when he appeared to them on the river, walking on water.It was terrifying for the disciples to see him walking on the water when they first saw him.They screamed in terror, ″It’s a ghost,″ they said.
- Bur ″Have courage!″ Jesus exclaimed instantly to them.
- It is, in fact, I.
- Be brave and do not be scared.″ Peter was dubious about the whole thing.
- Then, if it was truly you, ″Lord,″ he begged, ″please instruct me to come to you on the water.″ ″Come,″ Jesus called out.
As Peter stepped out of the boat, he began walking across the water toward Jesus.However, as he saw the waves being carried by the wind, he became fearful and began to suffocate.″Lord, please save me!″ he shouted aloud.
Jesus put out his hand and grabbed him in a split second.″You of little trust,″ he said, ″why were you so hesitant?″ As soon as they went onto the boat, the wind dropped down.The people in the boat prostrated themselves before Jesus, proclaiming, ″Truly you are the Son of God.″
No greater story in the Bible demonstrates the profound power, and requirement, of faith. But how do we maintain faith?
It is difficult to sustain one’s faith.Because of their supernatural power, believing in God and Jesus might be difficult if you haven’t personally observed them in action.It was far more difficult for the disciples to keep their faith, despite the fact that they were present for many of Jesus’ miracles.The Bible teaches us that Peter walked on water, precisely like Jesus, according to the text.In the preceding verses, it was proved that the disciples have the same power as Jesus to perform miracles.They were able to summon faith in the same way that Peter did — at least for a while.
- Peter attempted to demonstrate his faith by accomplishing the seemingly impossible, and he was successful.
- It took a lot of confidence for him to get out of the boat and walk on the sea, but it all went down the drain when he saw the impending storm.
- The same wavering of trust that occurred in ancient times might happen to us today.
- It is only when something awful happens or something else takes our focus away from God that we lose confidence in him.
Then, just when we need it the most, we lose our confidence in something.Maintaining one’s religious beliefs takes discipline.Reading your Bible on a regular basis, praying consistently, visiting church, pledging to stick to God’s word, and taking time to strengthen your faith by expressing gratitude when you get a blessing from God are all effective ways to keep your faith strong.
Every Christian must fight a losing war in order to maintain their faith.
Jesus tells the disciples to go ahead of him – but to where?
Jesus instructs (not requests) the disciples to accompany him to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, where he will meet them.Regarding Jesus’ command, there is a perceived contradiction between the three synoptic gospels, according to some.In the preceding paragraphs, we follow Jesus’ journey from Capernaum (on the northwest side) to Bethsaida (on the eastern bank) (northeast shore).The ″other side″ that Jesus refers to is most likely an instruction to turn around and return to Capernaum, which is on the western coast.Matthew later informs us that they had arrived in the town of Gennesaret, which is located on Galilee’s northern border.Consequently, according to Matthew, Jesus and his disciples left the northwest beach and traveled to the northeast shore before returning to the northwest side.
- However, Mark informs us that Jesus dispatched the disciples to Bethsaida to preach to the people.
- The gap is tiny, but it is occasionally brought to the attention of adversaries when they are seeking to demonstrate that the Bible includes mistakes.
- Indeed, the fact that one leg of the disciples’ journey ended up in a different area than the other might indicate a clerical error or a misremembering of their travel route.
- If, on the other hand, it is incorrect, it demonstrates the genuine beauty of the Bible’s historical record as well as its integrity in recounting the ancient tale of God’s purpose for humanity.
Each disciple narrates his or her own version of the narrative, which is most likely based on their own recollections and notes (or a journal) from their travels.It’s simple to picture a writer inadvertently introducing a little geographical inaccuracy into their account of the events.Alternatively, it’s possible that the scripture is correct.
A new discovery by historians suggests that there were two unique ″Bethsaida″ settlements on the northern side of Galilee – one called ″Bethsaida″ and the other named ″Bethsaida Julius.″
Was there are specific reason for Jesus’ praying alone?
Jesus sent the disciples ahead of him, most likely so that he could have some alone time to pray.Jesus most likely spent a significant amount of time conversing with God.In this particular circumstance, though, we may be able to deduce something from the gospel of John about why Jesus needed to spend time with God.According to John 6:15, Jesus withdrew from the people because he recognized that they were about to proclaim him king (without Jesus’ consent).It’s possible that Jesus needed to talk with God about the approaching crisis.
What would walking on water prove to the disciples?
It’s possible that Jesus walked on water merely because he wanted to get to the boat on time.However, it is possible that Jesus was performing an unusual miracle in order to strengthen the disciples’ confidence.It has been suggested that the feeding of the 5,000 (which took place soon before Jesus walked on water) was done in order to build up the disciples’ trust.It’s possible that Jesus walking on water fulfilled the same function.In this life, Jesus is swiftly reaching the end of the road.The disciples will be in charge of carrying out God’s plan when he has passed away.
- Their work will be challenging, and they will need to have a lot of trust in order to do it.
- We can see here that the disciples are acknowledging Jesus as the Son of God for the first time.
- As a matter of fact, Satan has already accepted Jesus’ actual nature (Matthew 8:29).
- Unfortunately, it may have needed a significant miracle, such as Jesus walking on water, to convince the disciples that they were right to believe.
How did Jesus walk on water? Could it have been a hoax?
Whether Jesus’ act of walking on water was real or not is a topic that many people have asked themselves at some point in their lives. Detractors, in particular, find it difficult to accept the tale of Jesus walking on water as accurate. This is done in an attempt to undermine the Bible by offering worldly reasons for Jesus’ miracle.
The Sea of Galilee as a shallow body of water
Those who oppose Jesus will argue that the Sea of Galilee is a shallow body of water that can be crossed on foot with no difficulty. The Sea of Galilee is certainly shallow when compared to the surrounding ocean. However, the depth of the cavern is still more than a hundred feet. This is by no means a trite statement.
Jesus walking on water near the shoreline
Some would say that Jesus walked on water along the beach, which is incorrect.However, there are a number of facts that contradict this assertion.In the first place, Peter was unable to repeat Jesus’ accomplishments.The lack of faith on Peter’s part caused him to sink while Jesus remained on his feet, and the water was deep enough that when Peter panicked, Jesus had to pull him out of the water to save his life.In addition, we learn from the legends that the boat was ″a significant way from the land.″ It was necessary, however, that they be far enough away from the beach for a boat to proceed without being stranded and far enough away for Jesus to walk rather than swim to get there.The original text stated that the boat was ″many stadia″ away from land, which would indicate that the boat was a long way from the shoreline.
- The Bible states in John 6:19 that the boat was 3 to 4 miles from the coast.
- Finally, when one gets closer to the beach, the depth of the Sea of Galilee lowers rapidly, reaching more than 30 feet in some places.
- Even though the incident occurred near to the beach, the water was almost certainly rather deep at the time.
The waves against the boat
The lyrics also state that the waves were ″against″ the boat, implying that it was being battered.It is true that if we were to travel in the route that Matthew indicates, the predominant winds would be blowing from the west, which is a frequent characteristic on the Sea of Galilee during the rainy season.It is said twice in the Scriptures that the waves were large enough to cause terror in the disciples’ hearts.Waves would not be present in shallow water or along the coastline, but only in the open sea of the Sea of Galilee, where they would be visible.
Did Jesus walk on ice?
In 2006, scientists asserted that Jesus walked on ice, not water, as is often believed.According to their claims, the ice surface was formed as a result of sea core samples that revealed the ocean 2,000 years ago was several degrees colder than it is now.However, as is common among scientists who are skeptical of faith, they exaggerated a number of facts in order to get their conclusion.First and foremost, the experts acknowledge that the water was still quite warm — in fact, it was too warm to freeze, according to most sources.Secondly, they made an attempt to strengthen their argument by claiming that the ice developed as a result of river inflows, rather than from the salty sea water in the Sea of Galilee.Third, they were unable to determine the specific year in which the water was cooler — just that it occurred sometime between 2,000 and 3,000 years ago.
- After everything is said and done, experts acknowledge that the ice core samples revealed that the water existed at a cooler temperature for only a few days, not long enough for it to solidify.
Ghosts in the Bible
For a brief while, the disciples believed Jesus to be a ghost.The concept in ghostly spirits is not widespread among Jewish people, who believe that the hereafter is either a state of existence in paradise or a state of existence in hell.Gentiles of the time, on the other hand, widely believed in ghosts, and their traditions impacted even the Jews of the time.And much more to the point, the Gentiles were under the impression that individuals who died at sea hung above the ocean near where they died.
Jesus “made” the disciples get into the boat
Jesus ordered the disciples to get into the boat and accompany him to Bethsaida ahead of him.It is the command ″made″ that is used in the original Greek language.The disciples were not instructed to board the boat and proceed to the opposite side of the Sea of Galilee per Jesus’ command.He insisted that they do so.This is most likely done so that he can pray alone.As we will see in due course, Jesus’ time on earth is drawing to a close, and he has little time to squander.
The “fourth watch of the night”
Several versions render the date and time of the occurrence as ″later that evening.″ According to the more exact translation, the incident occurred ″during the fourth watch of the night.″ The Romans divided the night into four watches, which ran from 6:00 p.m.to 6:00 a.m.Each watch had a three-hour battery life.During the fourth watch, it would have been between 3:00 and 6:00 in the morning, depending on the time zone.
The disciples were immediately ordered to get into the boat and proceed ahead of him to the other side, while Jesus dismissed the rest of the throng.22 Having dismissed them, he climbed up a mountainside to pray alone.Later that night, he was alone on the boat, 24 years old, and the boat was already a long distance from land, buffeted by the waves due to the wind’s direction.25 Just as the sun was rising, Jesus went out to meet them, strolling around the lake.26 They were horrified when they saw him strolling on the water and around the lake.″It’s a ghost,″ they said, and they screamed in terror.
- 27 But Jesus instantly addressed them, saying, ″Take courage!
- It is, in fact, I.
- ″Do not be alarmed.″ Peter said, ″Lord, if it is you,″ he said, ″please instruct me to come to you on the sea.″ 29 ″Come with me,″ he instructed.
- Afterwards, Peter climbed out of the boat, walked across the water, and made his way toward Jesus.
Upon seeing the wind, though, he became terrified and, as he began to descend, shouted out, ″Lord, help me!″ 31 As soon as Jesus saw him, he put out his hand and grasped him.″You of little trust,″ he said, ″why were you so hesitant?″ After getting onto the boat, the wind dropped down considerably.When the boat reached the shore, everyone on board worshiped him, proclaiming: ″Truly, you are the Son of God.″ The New International Version is the most recent version available.
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The NET Bible
14:22 Immediately, Jesus ordered the disciples to get into the boat and accompany him to the other side, while he dispersed the multitudes on the other side.He then went up to the mountain by himself to pray after he had ordered the people away.When the evening came, he was the only one present.14:24 Meanwhile, the boat, which was already well away from land, was getting a battering from the waves as a result of the wind blowing in the opposite direction.At fourteen o’clock in the morning, Jesus appeared to them while strolling on the sea.″It’s a ghost!″ they shouted out in terror when they saw him walking on the water.
- 14:26 The disciples were scared when they saw him walking on the water.
- 14:27 But shortly after, Jesus addressed them, saying, ″Have courage!
- It is, in fact, I.
- Be brave and do not be scared.″ 14:28 Peter responded to him by saying, ″Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you by sea.″ 14:29 At that point, Jesus said, ″Come.″ In response, Peter stepped out of the boat, walked across the water, and made his way toward the Lord.
14:30 However, when he noticed the heavy wind, he felt alarmed.And as he was about to drown, he screamed out, ″Lord, please save me!″ Immediately, Jesus reached out his hand and grasped him, saying, ″You of little faith, why were you doubting?″ 14:31 14:32 As soon as they climbed inside the boat, the wind died down.Afterwards, everyone in the boat prostrated themselves before him, proclaiming, ″Truly you are the Son of God.″ BSP stands for Biblical Studies Press.
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New King James Version
22 Immediately, Jesus ordered His followers to get into the boat and accompany Him to the other side, while He escorted the crowds away from the shore.Having driven the crowds away, He went up to the mountain by Himself to pray.When the evening arrived, He was the only one left in the house.24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, being thrown about by the waves since the wind was blowing in the other direction.Afterward, during the fourth watch of the night, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea.″It looks like a ghost!″ they exclaimed as they saw Him strolling on the water.
- In response, they screamed in terror.
- But shortly after, Jesus addressed them with the words ″Be of good cheer!
- ″It is I; please do not be alarmed.″ 28 And Peter said, ″Lord, if it is You, tell me to come to You on the sea,″ saying, ″If it is You, command me to come to You.″ 29 As a result, He commanded, ″Come.″ As soon as Peter got out of the boat, he began walking across the sea to meet Jesus.
- 30 But when he noticed that the wind was blowing hard, he became alarmed, and as he began to descend, he screamed out, ″Lord, help me!″ And instantly Jesus reached out His hand and snatched him away from the ground, saying, ″O you of little faith, why were you so foolish?″ 32 And the wind died down as soon as they got aboard the boat.
When the people in the boat saw Him, they rushed up to him and bowed down before Him, proclaiming: ″Truly You are the Son of God.″ The New King James Version is the most recent edition of the King James Bible.Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishing Company, 1982.Print.
22, 23 As soon as the supper was completed, he ordered that his disciples board the boat and go to the other side, while he dismissed the rest of the crowd.After the gathering had gone, he proceeded to climb the mountain in order to be alone with God and pray.He stayed there by himself till the wee hours of the morning.24–26 Meanwhile, the boat was sailing far out to sea when the wind blew directly against them, causing them to be pounded by the waves.About four o’clock in the morning, Jesus approached them on the lake, walking on water.They were terrified out of their wits by what happened.
- ″There’s a ghost!″ they said, terrified.
- 27 Jesus, on the other hand, was quick to console them.
- ″It’s me, Courage,″ I say.
- ″Do not be alarmed.″ 28 ″Master, if it’s truly you, call me to come to you on the lake,″ Peter said, bursting into a burst of confidence.
29–30 ″Go ahead,″ he instructed.Peter jumped out of the boat and began walking across the sea to Jesus.However, when he gazed down at the churning waves beneath his feet, he lost his composure and began to plummet.
″Master, please help me!″ he begged out.31 Jesus didn’t waste any time.He sank to his knees and took his hand in his.
- ″Faint-heart, what has gotten into you?″ he inquired afterwards.
- 32–33 The two of them clambered into the boat as the wind began to calm down around them.
- When the disciples in the boat returned after their viewing of the entire event, they praised Jesus, exclaiming, ″This is it!
- ″You are without a doubt God’s Son!″ Eugene H.
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King James Version
22 And immediately after that, Jesus compelled his followers to board a ship and accompany him to the other side, while he dispatched the crowds away.23 And when he had sent the crowds away, he went up to a mountain by himself to pray, and when the darkness came, he was alone on the mountain.24 But the ship was now in the middle of the sea, being thrown about by the waves, for the wind was blowing in the other direction.Then, during the fourth watch of the night, Jesus came to them, walking on the water.The disciples were alarmed when they saw him walking on the water, believing it to be a spirit, and they began to scream in terror.27 But immediately after, Jesus addressed them, saying, ″Do not be alarmed; it is I; do not be frightened.″ 28 28 And Peter responded, saying, ″Lord, if it is thou, command me to come unto thee on the water.″ 29 And he invited them in.
- So, after getting off the ship, Peter got on his feet and walked across the water to meet Jesus.
- 30 But when he noticed the wind becoming boisterous, he became alarmed, and as he began to drop, he screamed out, ″Lord, help me.″ And instantly Jesus reached out his hand and seized him, calling him ″thou of little faith,″ and asking, ″O thou of little faith, why have you been doubting?″ 32 And the wind died down as soon as they boarded the ship.
- 33 Then those who were on board the ship came up to him and worshipped him, proclaiming, ″Truly, thou art the Son of God.″ The King James Version of the Holy Bible.
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Which sea did Jesus walk on?
Did Jesus walk on water in the Dead Sea?
Rather of walking on the Dead Sea, Jesus is said to have walked on the Sea of Galilee, which is a freshwater lake, according to the Bible. The fact that it supplies around 10% of Israel’s drinking water indicates that it does not have a high salinity level. Jesus is said to have walked on water at the Sea of Galilee, not the Dead Sea, according to certain accounts.
What Sea did Peter and Jesus walk on?
It is said in this account that Jesus sent his followers back to the ″other side″ (the western side) of the Sea of Galilee after performing the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand, but he himself remained behind to pray. Because of a wind storm, the ship was forced to anchor and the waters rose up with it.
Which Sea did Jesus calm the storm?
It is one of the most well-known miracles in the Bible that Jesus calmed the stormy Sea of Galilee, which is recorded in Matthew 14. This miracle is recorded in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, among other places.
Where did Jesus walk on the Sea?
Did Jesus have a wife?
Mary Magdalene in the role of Jesus’ wife According to one of these manuscripts, referred to Mary Magdalene as Jesus’ friend and said that Jesus loved her more than the other disciples. This document is known as the Gospel of Philip.
What happened at the Red Sea?
The waters of the Yam Suph are parted when Moses raises his staff in prayer (Reed Sea). The Israelites proceed on dry land and across the water, followed by the Egyptian army, which follows behind them. Once the Israelites have successfully crossed the sea, Moses throws his rod into the water, shutting the sea and drowning the Egyptians who rush in.
Who woke Jesus up in the boat?
The waters of the Yam Suph are parted when Moses raises his staff in prayer to the Lord (Reed Sea). Assisted by the Egyptian army, the Israelites go on dry land and across the sea. Once the Israelites have successfully crossed the sea, Moses throws his rod into the water, thereby shutting the sea and drowning the Egyptians who rush in to defend themselves.
How many brothers did Joseph have?
Joseph, the son of Israel (Jacob) and Rachel, lived in the country of Canaan with his eleven brothers and one sister, all of whom were named after biblical figures. The firstborn of Rachel and Israel’s ninth son, he was the firstborn of Rachel. Among all the sons, Joseph was the one who received the greatest affection from his father.
How many brothers did Jesus have?
Jesus’ adelphoi (brothers and sisters) According to Mark 6:3, Jesus’ brothers are named as James, Joses, Judas (often referred to in English as Jude), and Simon, however Matthew 13:55, which is most likely based on Mark as its source, lists the brothers in a different order and calls them James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas.
How did Jesus walk on water?
According to a team of US and Israeli experts, Jesus may have looked to be walking on water when he was really floating on a thin layer of ice that developed on the Sea of Galilee as a result of an unusual confluence of meteorological and water conditions during his ministry.
Who was in the boat when Jesus walked on water?
Peter, one of Jesus’ followers, responded to Jesus’ identification and assurance that they were not to be scared by saying, ″Lord, if it is you, tell me to come to you on the sea.″ ″Come,″ Jesus summoned Peter’s attention. Then Peter climbed out of the boat and began walking across the sea toward Jesus.
What time of day did Jesus walk on water?
In order to do this, he had to defy the inherent rules of physics. In Matthew 14:25, Christ performed the incredible miracle of walking on water! ″The fourth watch of the night,″ which would have occurred in the final few hours of the night before daybreak, the disciples seen Jesus approaching toward them on the water, according to the Bible (verse 25).
What are the 7 miracles Jesus performed?
- Seven Telltale Signs John 2:1-11 refers to Jesus’ transformation of water into wine at Cana as ″the first of the signs.″ Other signs include: healing the royal official’s son at Capernaum in John 4:46-54
- healing the paralytic at Bethesda in John 5:1-15
- feeding the 5000 in John 6:5-14
- Jesus walking on water in John 6:16-24
- healing the man born blind in John 9:1-7
- and Jesus walking on water in John 6:16-24.
What was the Dead Sea called in the Bible?
In the Bible, the Dead Sea is referred to as the Valley of Siddim, which is also known as the ‘Salt Sea’ because of its salt content. In the 1950s, a shepherd was searching for his missing sheep in the Qumran caves when he unintentionally discovered the now-famous Dead Sea Scrolls, which he later published.
Why is it called the Dead Sea?
When the sea is said to as ″dead,″ it is because of its high salinity, which makes it impossible for macro-aquatic species such as fish and aquatic plants to survive in it, despite the presence of minute amounts of bacteria and microbial fungus. Flooding can cause the Dead Sea’s sodium concentration to decrease from its normal level of 35 percent to as low as 30 percent or even lower.
How old was Joseph when he was sold?
Because of his interpretation of the dreams of the head butler and baker, Joseph was imprisoned for two years (see Genesis 41:1). He was around seventeen years old when he was sold into slavery (see Genesis 37:2), and he was thirty years old when he was appointed vice-regent to the pharaoh of Egypt (see Genesis 41:46).
What happened after Joseph was sold into slavery?
Due to his brothers’ jealousy, he was captured and sold into slavery. Eventually, he was transported to Egypt and assigned to Potiphar, one of the Pharaoh’s officials, where he remained until his death.
What were Joseph’s two dreams?
When Joseph finds himself in jail in Egypt, he is able to effectively interpret the dreams of two of his fellow convicts — the cupbearer’s and the baker’s — with the help of a dream interpreter.
What was Jesus first miracle?
When Jesus performed the first documented miracle in the New Testament, at a wedding, it is described in John 2:1-11 as water being transformed into wine. This miracle, which was Jesus’ first public miracle, is frequently cited as one of the most remarkable miracles in the history of Christianity.
Why did Jesus fall asleep on the boat?
We are looking on Jesus to quiet the seas. But, like those disciples in that damaged boat, we might forget about the consolation tha