Reading: Matthew 14: 22-25
Verse 25: Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.
After feeding the 5,000, Jesus sends the disciples off across the lake. They were a crew that liked to stay with Jesus. We do not have very many examples where Jesus creates separation from the disciples. But in today’s passage, Jesus “made” them get in the boat and head across the lake. Our passage reveals three reasons Jesus did this and they are lessons for us as well.
The first is Jesus’ desire for solitude. After dismissing the crowd, Jesus goes up the mountain to pray. Jesus often found space and alone time to talk with God. It is one of the best models He gives us and one we should seek to practice often.
The second is Jesus’ desire for the disciples to trust Him. We do not know if Jesus foresaw the storm but we do know the last time they were out on this lake they feared for their lives. They have a recent bad experience with this lake and a storm. It was when Jesus awoke and calmed the storm that they felt safe again. Now they head out without Jesus. They must trust in His continued care even though He is not physically present with them. At times, so must we.
The third is to demonstrate Jesus’ absolute power over everything. In the middle of the night, as the boat is buffeted by wind and waves, “Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake”. As the storm goes on, the disciples’ fears must have escalated. Memories of almost sinking and now being without Jesus must have created some tension in the boat. Jesus finishes praying and He returns to the disciples. To see Jesus walking on the water must have helped solidify their belief in Jesus as the Son of God. Just as God is, so too is Jesus omnipotent. Knowing that Jesus is truly Lord of all brings us great comfort and reassurances as we journey through life. To pray often and to trust always and to know Jesus Christ as Lord of all, these are the building blocks of our faith.