Walking on Water

Text: Mark 14:22-33

“It Is a Ghost!”

  • Faith is necessary (2 Corinthians 5:7) — but faith is not baseless (Hebrews 11:1)
  • They had reason to conclude that they saw Jesus — already had seen Him perform miracles (Matthew 14:13-21) — but this was not their conclusion
  • They concluded they were seeing a ghost — Why? … No good reason
  • God gives a reasonable basis for faith — yet many reject this and believe something unreasonable  (ex: Creation vs. Evolution)

Peter’s Initial Faith

  • He investigated — “Lord, if it is you…” (Romans 10:17; Acts 17:11)
  • He waited for the command — did not act presumptuously (Psalm 19:13; Colossians 3:17)
  • He obeyed — the test of faith (James 2:18)

Peter’s Lack of Faith

  • Peter got out of the boat & walked on the water toward Jesus (v. 29) — the others did not
  • But, Peter did doubt — despite his initial faith, Jesus rebuked him (v. 31)
  • Why did he doubt? … He lost focus (v. 30; Hebrews 12:1-2)

Deity of Christ

  • The disciples concluded that Jesus was the Son of God (v. 33)
  • Paul said that in Christ was the fullness of deity in bodily form (Colossians 2:9)
  • This passage backs up that claim — Jesus performed a miracle (v. 25) & accepted worship (v. 33)

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