Walk on the Water
The biblical account of Jesus walking on water is a well-known miracle, occurring shortly after another miracle, the feeding of the 5,000. The Bible presents bits of information about Jesus walking on water in three of the Gospels. A noticeable difference in the accounts is that Peter isn't mentioned in the Gospel of John, but in Matthew, he walks on the water to meet Jesus, (Matt 14:28-32). Also noteworthy is that Matthew, Mark, and John, three of Jesus' disciples, are who recount the story. Luke was not a disciple of Jesus during his earthly ministry and his gospel doesn't mention Jesus walking on water, although in Luke 8:22-25 there is a story about a boat having been caught in a storm out of which Jesus admonishes the disciples for not having faith. Read John's account here.
It had been a long and challenging day; the disciples had crossed the sea earlier, then walked up the mountain where Jesus miraculously multiplied food. Now, darkness had fallen, and the disciples were rowing back across the sea, back to Capernaum. They were in a boat, and other accounts tell us there was a storm. And now it was dark. (Our storms seem worse at night, don't they?) Verse 20 displays His deity and calms their fears. Verse 21 – an often overlooked miracle. With Jesus now in the boat, they "immediately" reached their destination!
Song Lyrics: Walk on the water, walk on the raging sea. Sweet Jesus, while you’re walking on the water, why don’t you walk on out to me? Lord, there never was a soul that needed you like I need you today. ‘Cause my strength is gone and my heart is sore, won’t you take me down and walk on the water, walk on the raging sea? Oh, can’t you see I’m using every bit of my strength and weakness just to stand? Won’t you walk on out and let me find your peace, Jesus, and take me by the hand and walk on the water?
These miracles were evidence to the disciples, and indeed are to mankind, that Jesus is the living Son of God. He is the only way to heaven … by salvation through spiritual birth. Walk on out to Jesus … and find peace!
Artists: Annie & Kelly McRae
Writer: Mark Lowry /