Summary: Peter’s water-walking-skills, (actually his faith), convinced the other disciples that Jesus was the Son of God! Wow, your faith will convince others—Faith is contagious—its catching!
Cut The Rope.
In 1853, America hosted its first Worlds Fair in New York City. The organizers built a beautiful exhibition Hall called the Crystal Palace.
This is where the latest and greatest inventions were showcased. This is also where a man named Elisha Otis pulled off one of the most remarkable stunts in the history of the Worlds Fair. Otis was the inventor of the safety elevator break, but he was having a hard time selling his idea to safety-first-skeptics.
It was a time to go big or go home. He stood on an elevator platform hoisted high enough for everybody in the exhibition hall to see him. Then Otis, who had positioned and axman above the elevator, cued hi—to cut the rope!
The elevator fail a few feet. The crowd let out a collective gasp. And Elisha Otis pronounced, all safe, ladies and gentlemen. All safe.
In Matthew 14, Jesus takes a young lads lunch and divinely multiples it to feed 5,000 men, let alone women and children.
And then we read in Matthew 14, that Jesus compels His disciples to get into a boat and to cross to the other side, While Jesus goes by Himself, and prays up in the mountains.
God’s word say’s in verse 23b, “When evening came He was alone in prayer.”
Jesus’ prayer life is seen by men from the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5, 6 and chapter 7, and John chapter 17, just to name a few.
Remember this word, “When you’re in prayer you’re never alone.”
Matthew 14:24NKJV But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.
You ever gotten in the middle of something and everything goes wrong? We all have.
Matthew 14:25-26NKJV Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.
Jesus’ disciples had been out in the sea for quite a while now, the fourth watch would be 4-6AM, they were frighted and tired from rowing in this long storm.
They cried out for fear—Fear wants to be first seat, front row. Fear will always give you a front row seat.
Matthew 14:27NKJV But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
The Greek words—Be of good cheer mean, “to pull up your spirit!”
In other words, Jesus speaks, fear not, be of good cheer!
Refuse to be moved by a few bitter unmotivated people—Say yes to God!
Listen to, Hebrews 11:1-6TPT Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen. 2 This testimony of faith is what previous generations were commended for. 3 Faith empowers us to see that the universe was created and beautifully coordinated by the power of God’s words! He spoke and the invisible realm gave birth to all that is seen.
4 Faith moved Abel to choose a more acceptable sacrifice to offer God than his brother Cain, and God declared him righteous because of his offering of faith. By his faith, Abel still speaks instruction to us today, even though he is long dead.
5 Faith translated Enoch from this life and he was taken up into heaven! He never had to experience death; he just disappeared from this world because God promoted him. For before he was translated to the heavenly realm his life had become a pleasure to God.
6 And without faith living within us it would be impossible to please God. For we come to God in faith knowing that he is real and that he rewards the faith of those who passionately seek him.
It’s your faith that pleases God! It’s when you take your misplaced values, and even your good old fashion horse-sense, your knowledge, your intellect, and place it at the altar of God, and speak boldly with confidence—“God, I’ll trust you. I’ll follow you, I’ll walk on some water with you!”
Matthew 14:28-33NKJV And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”