Jesus Walks On The Water Miracle
Free online resources based on Jesus (and Peter) walking on the water, and this lesson on faith. This miracle can be found in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and John. See below for links to sermons, stories and entertaining sites for this important story.
When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost!” they said, and cried out in fear.
Immediately Jesus spoke to them. “Have courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s You,” Peter answered Him, “command me to come to You on the water.”
“Come!” He said. And climbing out of the boat, Peter started walking on the water and came toward Jesus. — Matthew 14:26-29 HCSB
Jesus Walks on the Water Miracle – Summary
After Jesus miraculously fed the 5,000, he sent his disciples by boat to Capernaum. He dismissed the crowd, and went alone into the hills to fellowship with his Father. Early in the morning, the disciples were experiencing high winds and a very rough sea, making their journey impossible and very dangerous. Even though several of them were professional fishermen, fear was gripping them all.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, in the distance they saw a person walking on the water. They assumed it was a ghost and started to panic.
Jesus reassured them, “It is I. Do not be afraid.”
Once they realized it was Jesus, Peter asked a most unusual question, “If it is you Lord, command me to come to you on the water.”
The only answer Jesus could honestly give was, “Come!”
That one word from Jesus gave Peter enough faith to get out of the boat and walk on the water. He took several steps towards Jesus. But then, he let the circumstances, the waves, wind, and water distract him. Instead of continuing in faith based on the word of his Lord, Peter let fear and doubt cause him to start sinking.
“Master, save me!” shouted Peter.
Jesus reached out and grabbed Peter by the hand. He lifted him out of the water and asked, “Why did you doubt?”
They both climbed into the boat and the wind and the waves calmed instantly.
The other disciples confessed that, ‘Truly, Jesus is the Son of God.”
Only Matthew records the steps of faith made by Peter. Although they had grown up with stories of great miracles, and seen Jesus do many wonderful works, seeing him walk on the water must have been quite inspiring.
Peter’s request is fascinating. Based on what he asked, the only thing Jesus could do was to invite him to join Jesus on the water. Anything else would have been a lie, or a denial of who Jesus was. He had to tell Peter to come.
Peter had a prophetic word from Jesus. That was enough to spark faith inside of him. With a complete trust in Jesus and that one Word, he climbed out of the boat and walked on the water. Too many people want to criticize, or focus on Peter’s doubt and eventual sinking. But he was the only disciple that got out of the boat and walked on the water with Jesus. That demonstrates the power of faith in God’s Word. And his experience also reveals how fear and doubt can undermine your faith.
The rest of the disciples stayed in the boat. They were happy when Jesus arrived on the scene, but too afraid to step out. In essence, they had put their trust in the boat to keep them safe. When the wind and the waves began pounding on that boat, suddenly it did not seem so safe or secure. But whether they were in the boat with Jesus, or on the water with him like Peter, there was no danger whatsoever. They were perfectly safe.
You can put your faith in a lot of things – yourself, spouse, job, religion, government etc. But without Jesus, the world’s problems can overwhelm and sink you. Put your faith in Jesus. Draw closer to him in fellowship, prayer, and by studying the Word. Build your confidence on Jesus, the Word, and no storm in life will prevail (Matthew 7:24-27 & Luke 6:46-49). No matter what conditions you are facing, no matter how frightening the doctor’s report, your bank account, your report card, or even violent weather, Jesus is still telling you,
“Come. And I will give you peace.”
After they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea. He was coming near the boat, and they were afraid.
But He said to them, “It is I. Don’t be afraid!” Then they were willing to take Him on board, and at once the boat was at the shore where they were heading.” — John 6:19-21 HCSB
Read the Walking on the Water Miracle story in five popular translations – AMP, KJV, HCSB, NIV, The Message:
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