I want to tell you a story. I want to tell you a Bible story. Bible stories are the best kind of stories of all, do you know why? Because they are true.
Now in the last few weeks we have been talking about the miracles of Jesus. Can anyone name one of the miracles we discussed?
Now I want you to remember that Jesus performed hundreds of miracles, only some of them were written down, and I only got to choose eight to share with you. So I tried to pick eight that would really illustrate who Jesus is.
In this story, we see a truly awesome miracle that should give us hope when we decide to follow Him.
Now in this story Jesus had been busy all day teaching people about Heaven and God, and it is getting late. Jesus wanted some time alone to pray. Prayer was a big deal for Jesus. He always spent time with His Father, God. He did it all the time.
So, He could have some time alone, He told the apostles to head across the water without Him, and He would catch up later. Now that might sound weird to us, that the apostles would take the boat, and Jesus would catch up later. How? Would He rent a boat from someone else? Did He know someone that they didn’t that could give Him a ride? At this point, the apostles are so used to Jesus being able to do anything, I mean He had just fed 5000 people. So they go, and they leave Him behind.
While they are in the boat, a wind starts to blow against them. The waves are high and they are beginning to get a bit nervous. Last time they were in a storm, Jesus had been in the boat, and they were fine. This time, they are on their own. So, it takes them a long time to cross. They are still trying to sail over, and dawn is coming. Sure enough, they see someone walking on the water, and it’s Him. It’s Jesus.
However, the apostles don’t recognize Jesus and they think it is some kind of ghost. So they all get scared. When Jesus hears them crying out in fear, He tells them to not be afraid.
When they recognize Jesus they calm down, and Peter yells out, if it is you Lord, tell me to come to you on the water. Holy Smokes! Peter, who gets so many other things wrong, immediately assumes that Jesus can help him to walk on the water too. He wants to be where Jesus is, even though it seems impossible.
Jesus answers, “Come.” How cool is that? Peter actually steps over the side of the boat and steps onto the water. He starts walking toward Jesus when he notices that the wind is still stirring up the water. The waves are a little high, and Peter realizes that if it weren’t for Jesus he would drown. This water is to wild for him to swim, so he gets scared, and as soon as he takes his eyes of Jesus, he starts to sink. He yells for Jesus to save him.
Well, we know that Jesus isn’t going to let Peter drown. Jesus grabs Peter’s hand and pulls him back up. Jesus tells Peter, “You of little faith… why did you doubt?” Peter had just seen what Jesus could do. Peter had just walked several steps on the water and didn’t drown, why would he suddenly believe that Jesus couldn’t keep him safe? Why did he suddenly forget that Jesus couldn’t save him? Any ideas?
After Jesus pulls him up, they walk back to the boat together. I guess Peter remembered who Jesus was. Or maybe the waves aren’t so scary when you are holding God’s hand. I think there is a lesson here for us.
What do you think the lesson is?
Our lesson here, is that Jesus is God and He can do anything. He can pull us through any scary moment. He is enough to save us from anything. All we have to do is look at Him, trust in Him, call out to Him. He can keep us safe when we shouldn’t be. Jesus once said, that things that are impossible for men are possible for God. He can save you. He can help you to do amazing things. He can guide you safely across the water, and you don’t need to be afraid if He is with you.
Let us pray…