Monday, February 17, 2014

The God Who Walks on Water

  In what is considered to be one of the oldest books of the Bible, the Book of Job, it says, 

  "[God] alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea." Job 9:8

  Thousands of years later, the Apostle Matthew wrote this in his Gospel,

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

23 After dismissing the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone. 

24 But the boat was already over a mile from land, battered by the waves, because the wind was against them. 

25 Around three in the morning, He came toward them walking on the sea. 

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

27 Immediately Jesus spoke to them. “Have courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s You,” Peter answered Him, “command me to come to You on the water.”

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

30 But when he saw the strength of the wind, he was afraid. And beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out His hand, caught hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 

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

33 Then those in the boat worshiped Him and said, “Truly You are the Son Of God!” Matthew 14


  Remember that verse from Job?

  "[God] alone... treads on the waves of the sea." Job 9:8  

  Jesus didn't just come to His apostles walking on the water, He came in the midst of a stormy sea.

  Jesus demonstrated power no man has ever had.

  Jesus controlled nature so perfectly that He could walk on water.

  He also had the power to save Peter from drowning and then walk the two of them back to the boat, most likely through His control over nature itself, and all in the midst of a turbulent storm.

  Nature was taking its orders from Jesus.

  How could the apostles not worship the Jesus Who:

  - walked across the most turbulent of waters to get to them?


  - didn't just tell them He was the Great I AM (YHWH God), but went on to demonstrate it with sovereign power over the forces of nature?

  - calmed the storm with His mere Presence?

  God alone can tread on the waves of the sea.


  In all of history, Jesus alone has trodden on the waves of the sea.

  Jesus is God! 



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