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Summary: Don’t crtitize Peter too much. At least he did get out of the boat. But what about the 11 other disciples who stayed on the boat?

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Matthew 14:22-31

Topic: At least Peter did get out of the boat…

When we think about Peter walking on water with Jesus, we usually think what could have happen if Peter did not take his eyes off of Jesus. As long Peter kept his eyes on Jesus, he was able to walk on water. But when he began to put his focus on the big waves that the sea storm was making while he was walking on water, he became afraid. And because he became afraid, Peter began to sink into the water instead of walking on water. And when Peter began to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” And immediately, Jesus stretched forth his hand and pulled Peter out of the water and said, “Oh you of little faith, why did you doubt? You see, as long Peter had faith and kept his eyes on Jesus, he was able to walk on water, but when he saw how big the waves were getting while walking on water to Jesus, he became afraid, and when he became afraid, he began to doubt. And when he began to doubt, he began to sink. But thank God, that Jesus was right there to save Peter from sinking and drowning in Sea of Galilee. And there is a lesson to be learned right there. And the lesson is that no matter how deep you may have sunk into your problems, Jesus is able to rescue you out of your problems, and all you got to do is do like Peter said, “Lord, save me!” And the Lord will save you because there is no problem too hard for God to handle.

Yes, Peter could have done a whole lot more while walking on water with Jesus if he would have kept his eyes on Jesus. But yet there is one good thing that we can say about Peter: at least, he got out of the boat. At least he took a step of faith in Jesus and got out of the boat. Even though he may have failed while walking on water with Jesus because he took his eyes off of Jesus, but yet we still need to give Peter some credit for the fact that he DID get out of the boat; at least he took a step of faith and got out of the boat. Now notice this. Notice that Peter got out of the boat to walk to Jesus on water under some adverse conditions. First of all, when Peter got out of the boat, it was during a sea storm. Matthew 14:24 tell us that the ship that, or the boat that Peter was in was in a middle of a sea storm. Secondly, when Peter got out of the boat, it was dark. Matthew 14:25 said it was in the fourth watch of the night, that is, it was between 3a.m and 6 a.m. when Peter got out of the boat. Yes, it was stormy and dark, but yet Peter still got out of the boat. And the reason why Peter got out of the boat, even though it was stormy and dark, was because Peter had faith in Jesus. Peter believed that if Jesus is right there with him in the dark, and right there with him in the midst of a sea storm, Jesus was going able to help him out. That is why Peter said in Matthew 14:28 that if it was indeed him walking on water towards the ship, Peter wanted Jesus to bid, tell, or command him to “come” to him walking on water because Peter believed that if Jesus is able to walk on water in a middle of a dark sea storm, Jesus is able to take care of him in the dark sea storm as well. And because Peter did get out of the boat, he received a blessing of being the only mortal man to ever walked on water. There is another lesson to be learned. And the lesson is no matter how adverse your situation may be; Jesus will be there with you to help you out. You may be in a situation that is dark and you can’t see your way out, but don’t fear, for Jesus will be right there to guide you through. You may be going through some storms in your life, but don’t fear, for Jesus can help you out through the storms. No matter what you are going through, you are not in it alone, for Jesus is standing right there by your side to help you out!!!!!!!


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