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Walking on Water

Marilyn Appleby

Jesus-Walks-on-WaterI wonder if you have ever watched any of the programmes featuring an illusionist called Dynamo? He would perform amazing illusions that seemed Impossible to most of us. One illusion was when he walked on water—if I remember correctly, it was on the Thames. The crowds watching gasped in disbelief as it was happening—they were completely taken in. In actual fact, there have been many ‘performances’ like this over time and we still wonder how it is achieved!

When Jesus walked on water it was a very different story. First of all, it was during a raging storm on the lake of Galilee, not a calm river. Secondly, he didn’t do it to impress the crowds, but he did it to teach something to his disciples, currently struggling with their boat on the turbulent sea. He was teaching them about trust and faith.

When Peter wanted to do the same, he was OK for a while, but then, he grew afraid and began to sink. Thankfully Jesus caught hold of him and saved him. We may think that Peter was being his usual impulsive self, lacking in faith, but majoring in recklessness. However, in his defence, none of the other disciples had a go, did they? Peter at least had sufficient faith to give it a go!

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshipped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Matthew 14:31-33