Summary: Perfect love casts out fear. Peter’s love for the Lord helped him to overcome his fear of the wind and waves.
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Pastor James May
THE POWER OF PERFECT LOVE
Matthew 14:22-31, "And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, it is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou; bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?"
One of the greatest miracles of Jesus’ earthly ministry had just occurred. Over 5000 men, plus many more women and children were fed from just 5 loaves of bread and 2 small fish and there was much left over. In fact there was 12 baskets of leftovers for anyone who wanted to take some for the journey home.
Jesus had proven His power and desire to supply our every need. He had shown his compassion and concern for man’s state of depravity.
a) Jesus knew that man was unable to reach God so He came down to earth, took upon Him the form of a man so that He could supply our need of a Savior.
b) Jesus knew the inability of man to supply his own needs. He knew that, as a result of the fall in the Garden, man’s best efforts would never be good enough to supply even the basic needs of life. Satan was out to destroy God’s creation and without the direct intervention of Almighty God, Satan could have easily succeeded in starving man to death and causing us to destroy the economy and ecology of the earth so that it would be an uninhabitable, dead planet.
We frail humans often are overly concerned with what we will do to pay our bills, feed our families and to make ends meet.
God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we can imagine. He has promised in His word to supply our every need and to pour out blessing upon us that we cannot even contain. God not only wants to bless you and supply your needs (not necessarily all of our desires for some of our desires do not fulfill the plan of God for our lives). Not only does He want to supply your need, He wants you to have blessings enough that there are leftover fragments to use in blessing other people and to meet the needs of the church.
Our God is abundant in mercy, abundant in grace, abundant in compassion, abundant in provision; Our God is a God of abundance!
Isaiah 59:1, "Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:"
After performing this great miracle, Jesus desired for His disciples to get into a ship and return to the Land of Gennesaret. This was a journey that the disciples just didn’t want to take, especially without Jesus going with them.
Gennesaret was under the jurisdiction of Herod. It had only been a very short time since Herod had arrested John the Baptist and had him beheaded. The disciples were more than glad to leave with Jesus when he led them off into a desert place to be alone with Him. It was in that desert place where Jesus fed the 5000. How many of you know that it is better to be in a desert place with Jesus than to be in a land of plenty without Him?