Matthew 14:22-33 (ESV)
22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26But when 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 heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
28And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
a.Jesus is Lord of all and He is Lord all the time!
Do not be afraid
a.This is a command, and a plea
a. Jesus is saying “come” today.
b. You are invited to experience the rescue and peace of Christ!
c. COME TO CHRIST!
a. Scripture records that Jesus immediately responded to Peter’s cry for salvation.
b. Sometimes we have a different view of God:
- A God waiting for a chance to PUNISH us is not the GOD of the Bible
- The God of the Bible is waiting for us to call upon HIM to rescue us