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Matthew 14:22-32

Jesus Walks on the Water

22   Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away.

23   After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.

24   But the boat was already a long distance from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was contrary.

25   And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea.

26 When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear.

27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”

28 Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”

29 And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

30 But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and * said to him, You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

32 When they got into the boat, the wind stopped.

Peter accomplishes a great feat – actually walking on the water.  To my knowledge, Peter achieves something no other human being has accomplished.
To achieve the great feat, he must first get out of the boat.
I can’t even imagine what was going through his head as he puts his foot over the side of the boat.  And then actually walks on the water toward Jesus. 
But then fear overtakes him.
It is fear that causes Peter to sink.
Fear stopped him from getting all the way to Jesus, to getting to where Jesus called him.
How often does fear stop us from getting to where Jesus calls us?
We need to hear the words of Jesus, Take courage, I am here.”
Life Point:
“May the Force be with you.” – Star Wars
Reflect On:
1.  What “boat” in your life is Jesus calling you to go beyond?

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