I’ve known this story as long as I can remember. I’m sure it’s not new to you either, but if you don’t know it, you can check it out here in Matthew 14 starting at verse 22. It follows the feeding of the 5,000. You could also check out my retelling of this story from Peter’s perspective here, in one of my Encounters with Jesus.
I don’t want to comment on the whole story right now, just one thing that caught my attention.
When I read this story, I’m always impressed with Peter. When the boys in the boat first see Jesus walking toward them they think He’s a ghost. I’ve thought stranger things when I’ve been sleep deprived, toiling through the night on some project. I can see being scared out of my shorts, if I were in their shorts, seeing a figure walking out of the storm to the boat in the middle of the night in the middle of the lake. Right?
Jesus says “Be brave, and don’t be afraid. I am here.” (Matthew 14:27, The Passion Translation)
Peter jumps right up and wants to get out on the water with Jesus.
Jesus calls Him to come and off he goes, on to the water. Peter walks on the water. For the record, he gets slammed for falling in the drink, but he walks on the water most of the way to Jesus and he and Jesus walk back together to the boat. Or do you picture Jesus dragging Peter through the water and letting the others haul him over the gunwale?
On the way back Jesus gives Peter the talk, “You should have trusted…” but I wonder if Jesus wasn’t also thinking, ‘way to go, Peter, you got out there.’ I don’t want to put words in His mouth but it does play out that way in my mental theater.
Once in the boat, the disciples worship Jesus.
This whole thing brought to mind the verse in the Sermon on the Mount:
"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. - Matthew 5:16 NASB
Peter gets out there and exercises his little bit of faith. Everyone in the boat sees Peters act, but in the end, Jesus is the one who gets the worship.
Maybe they would have worshiped Him even if Peter had not just pulled a “Peter,” but I like to think that seeing Jesus save Peter as Peter stuck his neck out there to be like Jesus added to the worship Jesus received. Certainly, Peter’s worship exploded.
Lord, help us get out there in the faith realm today, so people can see us trust You and give You the glory you’re due.
Thanks for coming by,
See you again soon