He Is Certainly the Son of God! [Matthew 14]
22Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away.
23After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.
24But the boat was already a long distance from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was contrary. 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?"
32When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. 33And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, "You are certainly God's Son!"
34When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. 35And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent word into all that surrounding district and brought to Him all who were sick; 36and they implored Him that they might just touch the fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched it were cured.
When reading this don't you feel like you were there? Maybe you have to have sailed at night, fighting a storm to get to where you are going, but having done that I am right there with those guys: I would be terrified too, seeing Jesus walking on the water. Would I be brave like Peter and want to test the waters? Probably not but if I had blundered into that I certainly would have felt the same terror when I saw the wind. And I would have doubted too.
Are you picturing what is happening? The wind just stops as Jesus gets into the boat. All doubt is now gone - this is certainly the Son of God. He has command of even the wind. Add to it that they had that morning watched Jesus feed 5000 men plus women and children with five loaves of bread and two fish. This is a turning point in the disciples faith - they are not convinced that Jesus is God's Son.
May we worship Jesus today by recognizing the amazing things He is doing and declaring Him to surely be the Son of God.