But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, Lord, save me! Matthew 14:30 (NIV)
It is a story that many of us are familiar with. Before going up onto the mountain to pray, Jesus instructed his disciples to get into the boat and set sail across the Sea of Galilee. We know that four of these men, Peter, Andrew, James and John had been fishermen on this very body of water. They were well aware of the sudden violent storms that could erupt and probably had faced them before. They knew what they were up against and the situation wasn't good. You see, they weren't near the shore. They were out in the middle of the Sea of Galilee in the midst of a storm.
They tried their best to get through the storm. They put forth all of their knowledge and skill to try to keep that boat from sinking but in their heart of hearts they knew they were in a very dangerous situation.
Then they saw Jesus. He was doing what they deemed to be impossible. Jesus was walking on the water toward them. They were filled with fear because they were afraid they were seeing a ghost.
Now Mark notes something rather interesting. Although this detail is missing from Matthew and John, Mark tells us that Jesus was about to pass by them (Mark 6:48). That's when they saw him and cried out to Jesus (Mark 6:49-50). I can't help but wonder what would have happened if they had not cried out? Would Jesus have stopped anyway or would he have just continued on?
Peter wants Jesus to prove that he is truly Jesus. He tells Jesus to tell him to come out onto the water also. Jesus tells him to come, Peter steps out of the boat and out onto the water. Peter walked on the water.
Something happens though. Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and turned them instead to what was going on around him. He became afraid and started to sink. Aware of what was happening, aware that he could not save himself, Peter cries out, "Lord, save me!" (Matthew 14:30)
As I am thinking about this story, two questions come to my mind:
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Well, Jesus saved Peter.
Q2...I don't know. I suppose if he were in mortal danger and had not been presented with Jesus there and had not cried out he may have drown.
Now I know you, you are going somewhere with this ( all ears)