Walk on Water

2 03 2013

You have probably heard and read the expression, but perhaps you are unaware of its source and original meaning. This is not unusual in the 21st century. So, if you are interested, here is the story. (Feel free to pass it on to others who may be wondering.)

Date: during the second full year of Jesus’ ministry, in or near 30 AD (Anno Domini: the year of our Lord)

Place: northeast Israel

Language(s): The dialogue would have been in Aramaic. The text was written in Greek.


Jesus Walks on the Water

And immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of him to the other side, while he sent away the crowds. And after he sent away the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. So when evening came, he was there alone. But the boat was already many stadia distant from the land, being beaten by the waves, because the wind was against it. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.*

But the disciples, when they saw him walking on the sea, were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear.

But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Have courage, I am he! Do not be afraid!”

And Peter answered him and said, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water!”

So he said, “Come!”

And getting out of the boat, Peter walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  But when he saw the strong wind, he was afraid. And beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

And immediately Jesus extended his hand and caught him and said to him, “You of little faith! Why did you doubt?”

And when they got into the boat, the wind abated. So those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God!”

 * The Sea of Galilee, better named Lake Gennesaret

Matthew 14:22-33

Scripture quotations are from the Lexham English Bible.  Copyright 2012.

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