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Nov 14, 2021

Jesus Walks on Water

Jesus Walks on Water

Passage: Matthew 14:22-33

Speaker: Pastor Stephen Palm

Series: Matthew: The King and His Kingdom

Category: Expository Book Study

We move from one miracle to another. After the miraculous feeding of the 5,000 plus, Jesus sends his disciples away in a boat back towards Capernaum, so that he can catch his breath and have some much-needed prayer time with his heavenly father. What Jesus shows us is that even in the busiest seasons of life we need to hit pause and seek solitude, so that we can discern God’s direction for us through prayer. Sitting on the mountain looking west over the Sea of Galilee with the sun to his back he sees that his disciples are in now in danger. A storm has descended upon them, and their boat is being beaten by the waves and the winds are against them (v.24). Knowing their fear (Matt. 8:23-27), The One who created gravity will defy it by walking across the water to his bewildered followers to comfort them. As he approaches the boat in the fourth watch of the night (v.25), they are convinced it is a ghost, but Jesus assures them it is he. Like the flip of switch Peter goes from fearful to faith filled, “Lord if it is you, command me to come to you on the water (v.28).” Jesus bids him to Come (v.29). Empowered by Spirit of Christ Peter leaves the security of the boat fixing his eyes on the Lord. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and began to sink crying out Lord save me (v.30). Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold him (v.31). The principle for us is when we are in the storms of life there is only one person who will hold us up when we begin to sink…Jesus.