“The Master and the Mission” in Matthew

Thinking back on yesterday’s article, Jesus was probably tired from ministering to so many and meeting their needs. Jesus needed to spend time with His Father. Matthew, in Chapter 14, Verses 22-33, picks up from when Jesus finished feeding the huge crowd: “And straightway Jesus constrained His disciples to get into a ship, and to go before Him unto the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone” (Verses 22-23). Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble aboard ship. “But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary” (Verse 24). At just the right time, an amazing event occurred. Matthew continues, “And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea nd when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid” (Verses 25-27). Peter, in his characteristically impulsive way, called out to Jesus. This is how Matthew describes it: “And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee on the water. And He said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased” (Verses 28-32). With courage, Peter stepped onto the swelling waves to go to Jesus. Then he started noticing the conditions. Taking his eyes off of Jesus, he panicked and started to sink. He cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ and Jesus did. This is exactly what we need to do. We need to call on the Lord for help. This episode concluded with a wonderful realization. Here is how it reads: “Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God” (Verse 33). They saw Jesus for Who He is and worshipped Him. Selah!Step by step, I’ll follow Jesus. Hour by hour, I’m in His care. Day by day, He walks beside me. Through the years, I know He’s there. He can still the mighty tempest. He can calm the troubled sea. He, the waters trod. He’s the Son of God! He’s the One Who always walks with me.” (Source unknown). Ron

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