Come to Jesus walking on the water!
About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children! Immediately after this, Jesus insisted th at his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone. Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here! ” Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.
Matthew 14:21-33 NLT
1.. The water represents this world. Jesus wants us to come to Him walking upon it.
I want us to look at this passage in a little bit different light. We always think Al amazing it is that Jesus called Peter to come to him on the water. But I believe that in a symbolic since the water represented the world and Jesus calls all of us, to come to him walking on the water.
Jesus does call us to walk to him on the water.
2. The point of water walking is to get to Jesus and to not let anything keep us, from Him. Wherever Jesus calls us, we should be willing to go
Jesus Walks On The water, because that’s what Jesus Does. As we become like Jesus, we will do more of the things that He does, to come to Him in faithful obedience and worship. He wants to make us more like Him!
He still calls us to come to Him on the water. Jesus still walks on the water and He wants us to walk on the water with Him. The point is that we be with Him. Jesus calls us to walk on the water today. It was not just a call to Peter. It is a call to us. The point is not even for it to be a big deal to walk upon the Water. But to get to Jesus and to not let anything keep us, from Him.
Wherever Jesus calls us, we should be willing to go in faith!
This was not just some strange thing that Jesus did only to be an example that he was the son of God. It was certainly that. But It was more than that. It was an instruction to us, that Faith principles must operate in our lives, for us to belong to Him and operate in His Spirit!!!
He wants those Faith principles to be in operation so that we can come to Him and bring others to Him. If we dare not walk on the water, then others cannot witness us coming to Jesus where He is. Jesus wants us to come to Him. The point is not whether it was on the water on the land. But to come to Him. Whatever we have to walk through we can walk through, if it is by His instruction and command.
3. Yes we can sink into the water of this world if we take our eyes off Him.
Water did what water does. It sinks us. The storm did what’s storms do; they attack us. But Jesus is able to take us through the storms and through the trials of this world and help us to reach out to Him and be granted safety and His sustenance and care, in the midst of them.
4. Things that sink us, do not sink Jesus.
We CAN come through things, we cannot otherwise come through, with the call and strengthening of the Lord!
I believe that even though Jesus Allowed Peter to sink.That winning definitely involved Peter walking on the water, even though it resulted in a sinking experience. Taking the hand of Jesus He was brought on top of the water again and was able to make the journey back to the boat, with the help of Jesus. Holding the hand of Jesus and walk across the water is the way that Peter completed His task and the way that God wants us to complete our in journey.
Another lesson here is that the things that sink us, do not sink Jesus. He is the Lord and Master of those very things. The water elements were literally at the command and beckon of Jesus. They supported him. God can use the things that challenge us to support us too. What looks like it may take us under can actually be the surface that we walk on, when we walk in the Supernatural Direction and protection of his holy spirit.
5 – Often, God Does not call us out but calls us through!
The message of calling Peter to come to him on the water is a message to us also. That God will call us through the storms in our life!
God has most certainly shown up in my life. Many times He has shown up very vividly and clearly. But many times, people misunderstand and mistake the view of God’s hand in our lives. Even me! Even now!
Most often when we ask God to move in some areas of Our Lives. We are looking for it to be handed to us like a gift, in a well wrapped paper, with ribbons and greeting cards attached. If it doesn’t look exactly like what we have in mind, we give ourself a way out from seeing that it is really God moving, very majestically in our life. Oh no that can’t be God, because it’s too hard!! Like the person in danger trapped on the roof of the house, who ignored the boat, looking for an airplane. Let God be God and show up however He will.
Let us accept the call of God. And come to Him through circumstances of our lives, without always asking Him to remove them.
6- Walking on the water to Christ is often a working of the cross, in our lives.
We don’t like to get wet. We don’t like to be afraid. We don’t like the rough weather. We don’t like a stormy seas. BUT
Often there is a price and coming to Jesus. And the price is as taking up our own cross. That is often the water that we must walk through to come to Hm. When walking on the water is the way of the Cross; remember, it is also the way to get closer to Christ!
Often we need to remember, that The cross was not a pretty thing. It was a heinous, abominable, grotesque, bloody, horrendous death. And yet God demonstrated His love to us more in this very real suffering of His Son, than any other measure of demonstration in His life.
We feel a little stressed. We feel a little stretched. Things seem to be a little challenging. We have some unexpected and difficult strain. And then we fail to see God’s hand in our life, because it is not always a pretty, up beat, and Polished picture. This attitude is not what God intends.
I remember John Fisher wrote a song and a book, and titled them: “life between the answers.” This is often where God meets us most!!!. It’s not picture perfect, because we’re not picture perfect. It’s not totally, neatly arranged, because we have some loose screws and some parts that still need some work and rearranging.
But I have to confess, that oftentimes when I feel a little fatigued or stretched; I find myself saying God where are You? The other morning after such an evening of questioning: I woke up in the morning with the voice of the Holy Spirit thundering in my heart and mind that: “son I am with you, I am in you!!! I am just allowing you to be conformed to the image of my Son and to experience a little of the inner workings of His cross! You’re not on the wrong track! I see that you’re trying to do the right things! But this faith in my whole plan and this truth that I have given you is strong. Stronger than you think. And it will take you through this tough stuff!!! I am not calling you out of this tough stuff!! I am calling you through it!!!! In fact, I want you to GROW through this tough stuff and draw closer to Me through it!
The walk on the water may be the work of the cross. But ultimately and finally it leads us to Christ and is worth the price!
7- Jesus wants us get our eyes off the storm and off the rough waves and focus our vision totally on Him! Jesus is the prize!
Jesus is the Master of water walking! He is also the Master of the stormy sea. He can still the storm if need be! The point of the storm and asking us to come walking on the water is to get our vision completely upon Jesus!
I want you to learn that my overcoming power often walks it’s finest, in the midst of of the Tempest and the most treacherous storms!!!!
I not only want you to come through this son. I want you to be strengthened in every area of your life, as you come through it. Even at the things that seem to weaken and harm you, I want your faith in Me to be strengthened and your trust in My plan to be deepened! I do not want you to look for a way out son. I want you to look for a way in!!!…. Into my heart in the midst of the storm where I can take your hand. So that when you fall, I can help you continue. this walk across the stormy water of Life, with Me!
I am The Master of the Seas. I want you to get your eyes off the storm. And look for Me walking to you in the storm. I want to take you to a new place in your faith. Were you trust Me to lead you and guide you in the storm. Quit complaining about the power of the storm! Keep your eyes on Me! Only then, will you see the greater power of my delivering love and strength.
Walking on the water is cool! But the coolest thing is being closer to Jesus! Accept the call to come to Jesus walking on the water of this life. And find the ultimate Safe Haven and victory in His presence.