Then Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go
on ahead to the other side of the lake, while he sent the
people away. After sending the people away, he went up a hill
by himself to pray. When evening came, Jesus was there alone; and
by this time the boat was far out in the lake, tossed about by the
waves, because the wind was blowing against it. Between three and
six o'clock in the morning Jesus came to the disciples, walking on
the water. When they saw him walking on the water, they were
terrified. "It's a ghost!" they said, and screamed with fear. Jesus
spoke to them at once. "Courage!" he said. "It is I. Don't be
afraid!" Then Peter spoke up. "Lord, if it is really you, order me
to come out on the water to you." "Come!" answered Jesus. So Peter
got out of the boat and started walking on the water to Jesus. But
when he noticed the strong wind, he was afraid and started to sink
down in the water. "Save me, Lord!" he cried. At once Jesus reached
out and grabbed hold of him and said, "How little faith you have!
Why did you doubt?" They both got into the boat, and the wind
died down. Then the disciples in the boat worshipped Jesus.
"Truly you are the Son of God!" they exclaimed.
Here is a very famous story which shows the disciples and the
courage which Jesus inspired in them. The story creates a vivid
picture of the event which follows one of Jesus' 'feeding'
miracles. We can imagine the departing people, the disciples
gathered in the boat and Jesus seeking strength and guidance
through prayer and stillness. We see the boat loose on the waves
and the fear of the disciples when they see the impossibility of
Jesus on the
water. The words of Jesus give them such courage that Peter is
even prepared to walk out on the waves. Even though Peter sinks,
Jesus still catches and holds him. The disciples end the tale
by worshipping Jesus. They respond to the words and actions they
have seen and heard.