Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.” (Matthew 14:25-33)
Worshiping Jesus As The Son Of God
The miracles of Jesus identified Him as being something more than a common man. There were many healers in His day but these were all deceivers that made the people believe they had the power of God. Jesus did things no man could do. He fed more than five thousand people with five loaves and two fish. There was no illness could not be completely healed by the Lord. There were no partial healings taking months or years to cure. The blind received their sight, the lame walked and the infirmed relieved of disease. Jesus showed His power over demons by casting out spirits inflicted among men. Death was no match for the Lord as he raised Lazarus after being dead four days. Following the feeding of the five thousand, the disciples were sent away across the Sea of Galilee while Jesus dismissed the multitudes. Later that night Jesus came to His twelve as the boat they were in was being tossed by the waves and wind. The disciples saw Him walking on the water supposing they were seeing an apparition of some kind. Jesus told them not to fear. Peter boldly seeks the Lord to allow him to walk on water also and receiving permission does the impossible. After a moment Peter’s faith wains and he begins to sink in the water. Jesus rescues His apostle and they enter the boat. When Jesus stepped into the boat the violent storm beating against the disciples ceased. The impact on the followers of Jesus was immediate. They came worshiping Jesus as the Son of God.
Nothing is more relevant to the foundation of redemption than believing that Jesus is the Son of God. It is easy to assume the phrase as simply the words identifying who Jesus was supposed to be. What the disciples experienced that night was nothing short of life changing. They had seen something that overwhelmed their reasons and emotions. Facing a Galilean storm in the middle of the sea was terrifying enough. Watching Jesus and then Peter walk on the water elevated the senses to high alert. When the wind ceased immediately the lives of the disciples was forever changed in recognizing the man standing before them was not just a carpenter’s son – this man was the Son of the Most High God. They were standing in the presence of deity. Jesus had created the world and all of nature was at His beg and call. There was nothing Jesus could not do. As the Son of God He was the incarnate of all that was divine, holy, righteous and true. The reaction of carnal man to the presence of God is to fall before the Lord and worship. There is no hesitation, no questions and no doubts. What the disciples witnessed testified that Jesus was God’s Son.
The boat where Jesus found His disciples was filled with some interesting people. Peter was the bold one to suggest the Lord allow him to walk on water. His faith was proven when he stepped out of the boat and walked on water. When he saw the waves he became afraid but he was the only one of the twelve who had the courage to step out of the boat. Left in the boat were some courageous men but none brave enough to venture where Peter had gone. Included in the boat was Judas, the one who would betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver leading to the death of the Lord. He felt the sting of the water on his face as the boat was beaten about. His hands grasped firmly a place in the boat to keep him from being tossed overboard. He watched as Peter stepped over the side and walked on the water. When Jesus came on board Judas came and worshiped the Lord saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.” Twelve men saw Jesus walk on the water and twelve men saw the wind cease immediately. Those same men came and worshiped Jesus recognizing Him as God’s Son. One of those men would lose his way in believing Jesus was the Son of God.
Believing Jesus to be the Son of God is not a momentary purge of conscious that may be overwhelmed by a certain event. Judas was in the group of men that saw what Jesus did but his faith waned somewhere in his life and he lost his way. God’s Son is the only means of salvation man can have and it requires a daily walk of living, talking, believing and praising the reality that Jesus is God’s Son. Faith must be based on a complete devotion to the will of the Lord in keeping His commandments. The grace of God is offered for all men but the heart must keep the knowledge that Jesus is the divine being from God the Father who died for the sins of every man. My sin cost Jesus His life. To believe less about the Son of God is to deny the power of the greatest miracle – His resurrection. Every part of life must exalt the truth that Jesus is God’s Son. His sacrifice, His love, His devotion makes possible my sacrifice, my love and my devotion to God. Begin each day with the declaration that Jesus is God’s Son and this day will be a day where His name is praised, exalted and lifted up before all men. I live because Jesus Christ lives.