25And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea.26When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear.27But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” 28Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”29And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.30But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”31Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt? Matthew 14:25-31
The account of Peter walking on the water is one of very amazing yet instructive accounts you can find in the Bible. The story is quite straightforward as the Biblical account puts it. Reading the previous verses would shed light on how the events unfolded. Jesus had just dispersed thousands who he not only fed Spiritual food but miraculous gave them physical food from 5 loaves and 2 fishes. Now he asks his disciples to move over to the other side while he went up to pray.
When Jesus was done praying, he began moving towards the disciples; remember at this time, they had left several hours before. Jesus full of the Holy Spirit having spent long hours in prayer began to walk on the water towards the ship. It would be misleading to think that the disciples were docked waiting for Jesus. They had left and they believed that Jesus would meet up with them somehow. About the fourth watch (between 3am and 6am) Jesus began walking towards them. The disciples thought it was a ghost coming to them but Jesus spoke out to them that he was the one.
Peter asked Jesus to bid him to come if truly he was the one walking towards them. Jesus asked him to come! Peter stepped out of the boat and walked on water to meet Jesus. This he began well until he looked away from the master and onto the boisterous waves. It was then that he began to sink. He cried out to Jesus to save him. The Lord quickly reached out and saved him. The story is pretty simple but contains deep spiritual truths on how the Lord expects to lead our lives in our faith walk.
Peter was human:
A lot of people say the reason Jesus was able to do all the mighty things he did was because he was not human but contrary to that belief, Jesus was 100% human. He was born like every other person; he lived, felt and was tempted like every other human. He was hungry, tired, slept and had the tendency to experience whatever other humans had. The only difference between Jesus and the rest of the people in his day was that He was filled with the Holy Spirit.
If Jesus was 100% supernatural then you would believe that he would not have had such wants humans on this plane require. If he was not human, what accounts for the hunger, tiredness or sleep that he exhibited one time or the other? More than that, the bible tells us how he activated the power of the Holy Spirit in him. He had hours of prayer; he had moments when he left the people to go and pray. This reminds one of the words of Apostle Paul to Timothy when he said for the young minister to stir up the gift of God that is in him.
Peter received the word of the master and stepped out onto the water; he began to walk towards Jesus. There wasn’t really any physical change on Peter that enabled him to become able to walk on water. He only responded to the words of Jesus and that word was able to prevent him from sinking.
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