The Walking on the Sea
By Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloThe Legend of Arevalo. Read more ... », Jr.
August 10, 2014 (9th Sunday after Pentecost613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... »)
JesusThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » immediately had the disciplesThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » get into a boat and crossThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » to the other side“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » ahead of him, while he sent“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » the crowds away. After dismissing the crowds, he went up on a hillside by himself to prayProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... ». When evening came, he was there alone. By this timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » the boat was in the middle of the sea and was being battered by the waves, because the wind was against them.
When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified and cried out, “It’s a ghost!” And they screamed in terror.
“Have courage!” Jesus immediately told them. “It’s me. Stop being afraid!”
PeterThis Man Asks How Many Times to Forgive; He is Amazed What He Discovered. Read more ... » answered him, “LordMary Praises the Greatness of God. Read more ... », if it’s you, order me to comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » to you on the water.”
Jesus said, “Come on!” So Peter got down out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came to Jesus.
I. PETER’S DESIRE: TO WALKThe Two Disciples’ Heart Burning Experience. Read more ... » ON THE WATER
As a human beingCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... », we aspire the best, we dreamThe Man with Unclean Lips Sends by the King of the Armies. Read more ... » big, we even aspire the unbelievable. Peter saw the opportunity to test613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » Jesus or test his own faithThe Two Disciples’ Heart Burning Experience. Read more ... ». Peter aimed to do something new. He asked Jesus to walk like what Jesus did. Actually in the storyYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... » of the BibleThe King Who Authorized KJV Bible Was a Freemason. Read more ... », nobody can walk on the water but GodThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... ». In biblical thought, only God walks on the sea (Job 9:8; 38:16; Ps 77:19; Isa 43:16; 51:9-10; Hab 3:5; Sirach 24:5-6 of Divine wisdomThe Two Disciples’ Heart Burning Experience. Read more ... »), but Peter tried to walk.
There’s negative and positive lessons in what Peter did. Negatively, Peter aspire for something unachievable. He forgot the letters of the Old TestamentThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... ». He forgot the lawCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » of science in his time. Positively, Peter showed that it is not bad to aspire big. Peter showed that he was a risk taker, he was ready“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » to die for his desire, for his dream.
Everyone has dreamsHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » in lifeThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... », right? Yes, sometimes we have sweet dreams, and sometimes nightmare! The questionLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... » is how to knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » if that is sweet dream or nightmare? In the Bible, sometimes a sweet dream is nightmare in reality. Sometimes those nightmares were sweet reality. Like the dreams of Daniel in 7:1-15, which he wrote, “my spiritPay it Forward Now!. Read more ... » was troubled within me and the visions of my head terrified me” (7:15).
The dream of JosephJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... » was a sweet reality in the future, but it was nightmare for his brothers in the time of Joseph’s narration (GenesisCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » 37:5-11).
What does this mean? Do we need to stop to dream dreams? Nope, actually in the book of Acts, it’s a part of the prophecyProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » of Joel, “your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” (Acts 2:17). This may mean we need to be ready to dream dreams, to envision visions, and let us pursue our dreams and visions—personally and collectively.
However, when we pursue our dreams and visions, we need to take the risk. Dreamers and visionaries are risk takers. We also need to wait for God’s timing. If we rush it something bad may happen. In the Old Testament, people know it was from God when they let them realize the will of God. The promised liberation of IsraelA Caregiver Wows Israel's X Factor; UK Wows For This Pinoy. Read more ... » from Egypt did not happen overnight. Actually most of them did not reach the LandCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » of Milk and Honey. They roamed around for 40 years, and even MosesThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » did not reach the Palestine (now Israel). Joshua fulfilled the dream by leading the exodusJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... » towards the Promised Land. Was the dream failed for Israel? Nope, they just waited for God’s timing, they waited many years for God’s promiseThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... ».
Waiting is difficult, but we need to wait, and it needs a lot of patience, prayers and compassionPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... ». When the people of Israel was waiting for Moses to get down from the mountain, they became impatient and tired of waiting, they changed their visionThe Man with Unclean Lips Sends by the King of the Armies. Read more ... », and they changed their God into a golden calf (Exodus 32:1-4).
Like Peter, the people of God were impatient, and they doubt“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » their leader, and they doubt their God.
Let’s go back to our passage,
II. PETER’S FAULT: DOUBT
Jesus gave Peter an opportunity to walk on the water even though he did not need to do it. Jesus showed to Peter that even though it was impossibleThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... » for a manYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... » to walk on the water, it might be possibleThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... » through the help of God. But Peter fell down along the wayThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... », and about to drown. While saving him Jesus asked him why did he doubt.
There are doubts that can help you, for example, scientific doubt, hermeneutical doubt, etc. but that doubt that Peter had was doubt that might killThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » him!
III. PETER’S BLESSINGWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... »: JESUS SAVES HIM
Peter’s faith was firm at a moment, but along the way, his faith stumbled, he noticed the strong wind, he was frightened. As he began to sink, he shouted, “Lord, saveThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » me!”
Jesus reached out his hand, and caught him. Peter was saved through the mighty hands“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » of Jesus.
In our lives, we do experience to fall, we do experience to fall in the sea of problems, doubts, hateWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... », jealousy, poverty, troubles, etc. but thankPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » God, he does not leave us in that situation, since we are childrenJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » of God, he is always extending his hands to help us, to save us.
Jesus told Peter not to be afraid (Mt. 14:27). Being afraid is normal to human beings, but we must do the following:
Do not be afraid. Being afraid is being in a situation that has no peaceCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... ». Jesus gives“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » us peace in times of troubles, in times of our trials, in times of our sufferings.
Being afraid triggers panic. We panic simply because we don’t what’s going on. We tantrum to a situation which we don’t know. Some people decide when they panic.
But panic creates wrong decisions. Wrong decisionHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » leads us to disaster or problem. Thank God, because when we are in troubles, when we are sinking in the deep sea of problems, sufferings, and trials. Jesus’ hands are extending to us! Willing to grab us! We have nothingThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » to do but to grab his hands back, and say “Thank you, Jesus, my Lord and SaviorIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... »!”