Stages of Worship




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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.

14: 22-33

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.

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