Out Of The Boat

The wind was fierce! But Peter and the other students were in the safety of the boat when Jesus comes…walking on the Water!

This is what we remember about this incident. This and the part where Peter sinks beneath the waves and Jesus saves Him.

But don’t miss this!

For a while at least, Peter walked on water too!

Why does Peter even think it’s possible?

The answer to this question is the essence of what it means to be a serious Student of Jesus. Peter actually believes he can become like his Teacher! Do what He sees Him doing.

He wants to be like his Teacher in every way – even water walking! That’s why Peter says - Lord, if it's you, tell me to come to you on the water.

Jesus must have been pleased when he saw His student step out of the boat.

Here we see into the heart of the Teacher. He has faith in His students. In fact, He believes in us more than we do in Him!

Jesus has no doubt Peter can walk on water. And for one brief and sterling moment, Peter believes it too!

Jesus is still calling us to leave the safety of the boat! Do what we see Him doing! That’s what being His student is all about…

What’s that He’s saying?

Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.


  1. Great stuff!

    Diamond Gem

  2. It says Peter "came toward Jesus" I wonder how far he did walk before he got concerned (and wet.)

    However, my favorite part of this story is before the water walking.

    Jesus sends His disciples, and dismisses the crowd adn "he went up on a mountainside to pray. When evening came, he was there alone," (Mt 14:23)

    Some of my most peaceful moments - have been on mountains (or in nature somewhere) alone, praying. In a lightly snow covered valley next to a gently flowing brook, staring at the Alaskan range from a bluff not far from my house, sitting next to the mighty Mississppi, Sitting in the field overlooking the pond near my house in Neosho, sitting on a brick wall in the plains of Nebraska, watching the sunset, or on a pier in NC watching the sun rise ofver the Atlantic. Somehow, I feel very close to God when I take time to enjoy his creation (that declares His glory) and simply take time to spend with God.

    Jesus did this often.

    I don't do it often enough.