Matthew 14:22-33 (click for full reading)
“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.” –Matthew 14:29
The Last Question
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In this familiar passage the disciples are way out at sea, struggling all night through a terrible storm. As the morning light begins to light the horizon they see a figure walking toward them ON the water. Naturally, they are terrified. Do not fear, Jesus yells out over the storm, it’s me! But the disciples are exhausted and full of uncertainty, how can they be sure it is really Jesus?
That’s when Peter makes the most incredible request. Did he ask Jesus to calm the storm? Nope. Did he ask Jesus to come closer so they could be sure it was him? Nope. Peter tells Jesus to call him out of the relative safety of the boat to walk out there on the stormy seas. Is that what you would have asked for?
By the end of this incredible story, it is clear that our own abilities will often fail us. Even the strength of our faith will come up short at times as the storms rage. It is the presence of Christ that saves us. Even when we do not have the strength to cling to Jesus, He reaches out to pull us close and bring us safely home.
Questions to Ponder/Discuss:
1. Have you heard people say that if you just have a strong enough faith, you will get what you need from God? How is this comforting or discouraging?
2. We focused on verse 29 in this message when Peter finds the faith and courage to get out of the boat. Have you had any verse 29 moments you are willing to share?
3. How might God be calling our church to leave the safety of the “boat” to step out into this uncertain world with the love of Christ?
Verse 29 in this passage reads;
“Jesus said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus”.
Keep that verse in front of you this week and look for at least one opportunity to step out of your comfort zone as you follow Jesus.