Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:28-31
The day began with sad news. Herod had just beheaded John the Baptist. John and Jesus were cousins, but their bond was even greater than family – John had leaped for joy in Elizabeth’s womb when Jesus, in Mary’s womb, came into Elizabeth’s home. John prepared the people for the ministry of Jesus, and John baptized Jesus.
“Now when Jesus heard about John, He withdrew from there in a boat to a secluded place by Himself.”
But the people followed Jesus, and He looked out on the crowd and had compassion on them and healed them. At the end of the day, Jesus miraculously fed them, 5,000 men and their families.
Jesus put the disciples in a boat and told them to go to the other side, and he sent the crowd away.
“He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.”
Late that night, Jesus saw the waves crashing against disciples’ boat on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus stepped into the waves and walked toward the boat. The disciples thought He was a ghost and were afraid.
“Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
“Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
Peter threw his leg over the boat and stepped into the raging waves and began walking toward Jesus, but he took his eyes off Jesus and looked at the storm and began to sink.
“Lord, save me!”
Jesus grabbed Peter and pulled him to safety.
In sadness, Jesus says, “Come.”
In weariness, Jesus says, “Come.”
In storms, Jesus says, “Come.”
In whatever circumstance we find ourselves, Jesus says, “Come.”
Will you come to Jesus for healing, for restoration, for calming of your storm, for rest? Jesus is waiting for you to come to Him. He will meet your need.
My prayer for you
Compassionate Father, thank You for sending Your own dear Son to pay the price of our sins by dying on the cross, being buried in the tomb and rising from the dead. Jesus is always there for us, always bidding us to “Come.” May we also have compassion on others in need and bid them to “Come” to Jesus and to “Come” so that we can minister to their needs. Oh what a great and precious promise we have that Jesus will never leave us or forsake us, that He is with His followers always! Thank You, Father. We come to Jesus.
Won’t you come to Jesus and tell Him your needs?