How Would You Interpret This Passage?

Posted: August 3, 2021 in Uncategorized

Peter gets a bad rap sometimes from Christians. People look at him as the guy who denied knowing Jesus, as if in the face of crucifixion any of us would do any better. People also seem to see him as weak for his difficulties walking on the water, as if that is an easy every day occurrence. To be honest I find that pretty frustrating. After all, all the men on the boat saw Jesus on the water, but only one stepped out of the boat. All the disciples were with Jesus in the garden, but only two made it to the courtyard. Today I thought we would take a look at Jesus walking on the water and his interaction with Peter.

Matthew 14:

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.”

If you were tasked with creatively expressing this passage, what would you do?

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