Matthew 14 V 22-32
22 Immediately, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me! 31 “Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
“It is I” is the same “I AM” the same Lord who breathed over the face of the waters and formed the land.
In Peter’s time, people would not have taken swimming lessons. A Jewish fisherman would never ask to walk on water. They had great respect for water and would not intentional try to walk on the walk. Peter knew it would be a miracle if Jesus asked him to come out to meet him. When Jesus said, “Come.” It is also an invitation to each of us, “Come to me.”
Peter must have got out of the boat filled with both fear and excitement. For a while, he was fine. As long as he kept his eyes on Jesus. Like us when a storm hits we can call out to Jesus and for a while, we are fine. But as the storm rages on and even intensifies, what do we do? Just like Peter, we lose sight of Jesus, we take our eyes of him, who leads the way. Peter panicked and cried out, “Lord, save me!” The account doesn’t say Jesus ran to catch Peter or Peter went under water, no, “Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.” They got back in the boat and the winds and storm died down. Only the creator of the winds and waves could command them to calm down. The disciples knew, Jesus was Lord.
Cry out, “Lord, save me! And let the I AM, it is I, take your hand and calm your storms.
Truly, Jesus is the Son of God!