Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 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 worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” —Matthew 14:25-33
There are so many people who desire to deny the supernatural, especially when it comes to who Jesus is. “Oh,” they say, “Jesus did not really walk on the water, but he knew where the rocks were just below the surface and He was walking on them to make it look like He was walking on water.” Wow, this is amazing as you read the context of the verses above. I suppose these same people would say that Peter knew where the rocks were as well when he got out of the boat and started walking on the water toward Jesus. So Jesus and Peter had to preplan where this was going to happen to make sure they were both in the area where these “rocks” were to make it look like they were both walking on the water. When Peter began to sink he must have slipped of a rock. So, why did he not just get back on the rock instead of asking Jesus to save him? The ideas of people are so far-fetched as they seek to deny the truth.
Peter had gotten “down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.” He was actually walking on the water just like Jesus was and it was at Jesus command that he was doing so. It was only “when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink.” Fear overtook Peter as he thought about his situation and he began to sink. Peter would have drowned, but he said, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately “reached out his hand and caught him.” Then Jesus asked Peter, “why did you doubt?”
Yes, there are many who do not believe this actually happened, but those present believed and understood because of what they just saw that Jesus truly was “the Son of God.” This is the crux of the matter— people do not want to believe who Jesus is because if they do then they know they will be accountable to Him for their words and actions. This is why they do not want to believe— they want to live life like they want to live life without being accountable to God.
It is not surprising that people mock the truth— “Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires” (II Peter 3:3). Isn’t it interesting why they mock? It is because they want to follow their own evil desires. This is why people mock the truth. Yet, we are told why the Lord has not come back yet— “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (II Peter 3:9). Jesus has not come back yet because He is giving people opportunity to turn from their own ways (repent), trust Him and follow Him. One day His patience will end in this area and He will come back. Each person will meet Him as Savior or Judge. Which will you meet Him as?
Dear Father, I look at Your Creation, the work of Your hands and marvel. There are none who have an excuse to disbelieve You exist just by the wonders of Your Creation. Oh, that many would trust Your Son, Jesus, before it is too late. May it be so