MATTHEW 14:25-36 JESUS WALKS ON THE SEA
During the fourth watch of the night, Jesus came toward them, walking on the sea. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. “It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear.
At once (Jesus) spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
But when he saw how (strong) the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” After they got into the boat, the wind died down. Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying, “Truly, you are the Son of God.”
It was early morning before daybreak…before the light….on top of that a figure appeared like a ghost….unexpected….their boat rocked in the storm of nature….and their spirits rocked with lack of faith….at once to calm them Jesus cautions them Do not be afraid It is I….nothing to be afraid of with Jesus… Jesus is the light…the light of the world
Peter, the bold and audacious one, is willing to take a chance…”if it is really you, Jesus tell me to command me to come on the water”….for a brief instance Peter remembers nothing is impossible with God…but Peter became frightened by the wind and lost his footing….Save me Lord (because my faith has failed me)…immediately Jesus stretches out his hand to save Peter…
How many fears I have…how little trust in Jesus…how far do I have to sink before I cry out, Lord, save me…I hear in the silence of my soul…Oh you of little faith…”Come to me you who are labored and burdened”…with Jesus anything is possible…no real harm will come to me…unless I separate myself from Jesus…
As he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.”
And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, he is calling you.”
He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.” Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.
Blind Bartimaeus calls out to Jesus to have pity on him….have mercy on him…show compassion to him…help him…how much we are like Bartimaeus crying out in our needs…why, because Jesus is the only true healer whether he solves our problem right then or not…we are no longer alone in our suffering and we know in God’s time, all will be resolved for the better…
many following Jesus rebuked Bartimaeus…don’t bother the Master…how many times are we rebuked by friends about our faith in prayer…or told by a non believer there is no God because if there was a God He wouldn’t let you suffer…nonsense God allows suffering for many reasons…sometimes it is to get our attention…sometimes He has something better and greater in store
immediately at Jesus’ summons, “Call him,” Bartimaeus threw off his cloak and went to Him. Jesus asks “What do you want me to do for you “…not because Jesus didn’t know…but Jesus wanted Bartimaeus to name it….because of his faith, “Your faith has saved you”…
Bartimaeus sees clearly and immediately follows Jesus on the way…Jesus knows what I need before I ask…but He waits to hear it from my own lips…Lord, that I might see clearly to follow you on the way…
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