“Early in the morning Jesus came walking toward them on the water” (Matthew 14:25)
The miracle of Jesus walking on water is one of His most popular feats, right next to turning water into wine and feeding the 5,000.
But why did Jesus choose to walk on water instead of swimming or rowing a boat?
Was it just a publicity stunt?
Did He just want to keep dry?
No. It was to prove, without the shadow of a doubt, that He was who He claimed to be.
Jesus’s enemies said that He was either a demon or a fraud. (Mark 3:22)
Even His family, at first, thought that He was demented. (Mark 3:21)
Only His followers recognized He was (and still is) divine. Peter proclaimed, “Truly You are the Son of God.” (Matthew 14:33)
In truth, Jesus didn’t need more proof.
By this point, He had already…
• Preached with more power and authority than anyone had ever seen.
• Restored sight to the blind, healed paralytics, and cast out demons.
• Offered forgiveness for sins.
• Calmed storms and raised the dead.
With great power comes great responsibility.
Jesus doesn’t show off His abilities for the fun of it, but to let everyone know that He is indeed the Savior – the One who is worthy.
Soon enough, “at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow, in heaven, on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil 2:9-11)
Some people are “walking on sunshine,” without a care in the world. They are oblivious.
Others “walk on eggshells,” attempting not to offend or upset anyone. They are afraid.
But the Lord Jesus “walks on water,“ utterly confident in the power of Almighty God. He is secure.
He invites you to join Him, to walk on water beside Him.
In Christ there is hope.
In Christ there is grace.
In Christ there is life and a reason to live.