Peter had a near death conversation with Jesus during a life-threatening storm. Peter is often cited for his bold mistakes, but Peter is more than just a rash man. Some of his escapades show him to also be a man after God’s own heart-- a man who finds profound revelation in the extremes of his reach. The storm came late one night as they journeyed by boat across the Sea of Galilee.
Peter is with his friends in a doubly terrifying predicament. These seasoned fishermen had enough experience on the water to know that they were in grave danger, but the sight of a ghost played upon their greatest fears.
What evil force was behind this unmanageable storm? What entity was coming to drag them into the depths and torment their souls?
When we find ourselves in a critical situation where bad goes to worse, we may find ourselves like David saying, “My eyes fail, looking for my God.”
It is also in the same place of our greatest fear that we find the Lord speaking these words, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’
Jesus is with us in the greatest fears and walks upon the forces that threaten us.
And, what are we to make of Christ’s miracle of walking on the water? If Jesus were an ordinary human we would contend that this was a mythical account. But it is the very claims of such miracles that point to the true Divinity of Jesus. Matthew Henry points us to Scriptures about God’s power and says:
This is a great instance of Christ’s sovereign dominion over all the creatures; they are all under his feet, and at his command; they forget their natures, and change the qualities that we call essential. We need not enquire how this was done, whether by condensing the surface of the water (when God pleases, the depths are congealed in the heart of the sea, Exod. 15:8), or by suspending the gravitation of his body, which was transfigured as he pleased; it is sufficient that it proves his divine power, for it is God’s prerogative to tread upon the waves of the sea (Job 9:8), as it is to ride upon the wings of the wind. He that made the waters of the sea a wall for the redeemed of the Lord (Isa. 51:10), here makes them a walk for the Redeemer himself, who, as Lord of all, appears with one foot on the sea and the other on dry land, Rev. 10:2. The same power that made iron to swim (2 Kings. 6:6) did this. What ailed thee, O thou sea? Ps. 114:5. It was at the presence of the Lord. Thy way, O God, is in the sea, (Ps. 77:19). Note Christ can take what way he pleases to save his people.[i]
The disciples in the boat concluded that Jesus was divine—the true Son of God. Who else could rule over the elements like this man?