59 Jesus walks with Peter on the water.

Matthew 14:22–33; Mark 6:45–52; John 6:14–21

Why did Jesus send the disciples away before he dismissed the crowd (Mark 6:45)?

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After the miracle feeding 5,000 men, what do you think was the nature of Jesus’ prayer (Mark 6:46)?

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How long had the disciples spent rowing but getting nowhere (Mark 6:47–48)?

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Why did Jesus walk on the water and not take the land route (Mark 6:48)?

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What about Jesus’ appearance made the disciples think they were seeing a ghost (Mark 6:49)?

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What reasons did the disciples have to think the appearance could not possibly be Jesus (Mark 6:49–50)?

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When a person is scared to death, how much help is being told, “Don’t be afraid” (Mark 6:50)?

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Where did Peter get the idea that he could walk on water if Jesus could (Matthew 14:28)?

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Mark and John tell about Jesus walking on the water, but only Matthew describes Peter’s experience. Why do you think that might be?

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When Jesus said, “Come,” why didn’t other disciples follow Peter (Matthew 14:29)?

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What gave Peter power to walk on the water (Matthew 14:29–31)? Why was that power lost?

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How do you think Peter felt as he walked with Jesus back to the boat (Matthew 14:31)?

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Why were the disciples amazed when the wind calmed (Mark 6:51)?

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After seeing one miracle, why were the disciples amazed at seeing another (Mark 6:51–52)?

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The disciples already knew Jesus was the Son of God, so why would they state what was already known (Matthew 14:33)?

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People saw the miracle, how Jesus had fed the multitude with a few loaves and fish, and said, “Surely, this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.”

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Mark 6:45 After the five thousand had been fed, Jesus told his disciples to get into their boat and go from Bethsaida to the other side while he dismissed the crowd.
John 6:14 People saw the miracle, how Jesus had fed the multitude with a few loaves and fish, and said, “Surely, this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.”
King James

Mark 6:45 And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people.
John 6:14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.

Jesus knew they were ready to force him to be their king, so he told his disciples to get into their boat and go from Bethsaida to Capernaum on the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. When the people had gone, he went high up the mountain to pray. In the evening, he was there alone. The boat, now well out to sea, was being shoved back by high waves and a strong headwind. He watched the disciples strain at the oars as they tried to push forward.

Eyewitness

Matthew 14:22–24 After the five thousand had been fed, Jesus told his disciples to get into their boat and go to the other side while he dismissed the crowd. When the people had gone, he went up the mountain to pray. In the evening, he was there alone. The boat, now well out to sea, was being shoved back by high waves and a strong headwind.
Mark 6:45–48 After the five thousand had been fed, Jesus told his disciples to get into their boat and go from Bethsaida to the other side while he dismissed the crowd. When the people had gone, he went up the mountain to pray. In the evening, he was there alone and the boat was well out to sea. He watched them strain at the oars as they tried to push into a strong headwind. In the fourth watch of the night, between three and six o’clock in the morning, Jesus walked toward them on the water and was about to pass by.
John 6:15–18 Jesus knew they were ready to force him to be their king, so he went high into the mountain to be alone. In the evening, the disciples went down to the sea, got into their boat, and left for Capernaum. It was dark, and Jesus had not returned. A strong wind came, making the seas rough.
King James

Matthew 14:22–24 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
Mark 6:45–48 And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray. And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.
John 6:15–18 When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone. And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea, And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them. And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew.

By the fourth watch of the night, between three and six o’clock in the morning, they had rowed only three or four miles. Jesus walked toward them on the water and was about to pass by. When they saw him, they screamed in terror, “It’s a ghost!”

Eyewitness

Matthew 14:25–26 In the fourth watch of the night, between three and six o’clock in the morning, Jesus walked toward them on the water. When they saw him, the disciples were terrified. “It’s a ghost!” they cried.
Mark 6:48–50 He watched them strain at the oars as they tried to push into a strong headwind. In the fourth watch of the night, between three and six o’clock in the morning, Jesus walked toward them on the water and was about to pass by. When the disciples saw him, they screamed because they thought he was a ghost. There were terrified at what they saw, but Jesus said, “It’s all right. I am Jesus. You do not need to be afraid.”
John 6:19 After they had rowed only three or four miles, they saw Jesus coming toward them, walking on the water. They were terrified,
King James

Matthew 14:25–26 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
Mark 6:48–50 And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.
John 6:19 So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid.

“It’s all right. I am Jesus. You do not need to be afraid.”

Eyewitness

Matthew 14:27 “It’s all right. I am Jesus. You do not need to be afraid.”
Mark 6:50 There were terrified at what they saw, but Jesus said, “It’s all right. I am Jesus. You do not need to be afraid.”
John 6:20 but Jesus said, “It’s all right. I am Jesus. You do not need to be afraid.”
King James

Matthew 14:27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
Mark 6:50 For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.
John 6:20 But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid.

Simon Peter said, “Sir, if it is really you, tell me to come walking on the water.”

Eyewitness

Matthew 14:28 Simon Peter said, “Sir, if it is really you, tell me to come walking on the water.”
King James

Matthew 14:28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

“Come!” Jesus said.

Eyewitness

Matthew 14:29 “Come!” Jesus said. So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.
King James

Matthew 14:29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. When he felt the strong wind and saw the high waves, he was frightened and began to sink. “Sir, save me!”

Eyewitness

Matthew 14:29–30 “Come!” Jesus said. So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. When he felt the strong wind and saw the high waves, he was frightened and began to sink. “Sir, save me!”
King James

Matthew 14:29–30 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

At once, Jesus grabbed him. “You of weak faith, why did you doubt?”

Eyewitness

Matthew 14:31 At once, Jesus grabbed him. “You of weak faith, why did you doubt?”
King James

Matthew 14:31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

The disciples gladly welcomed Jesus aboard. As soon as he had climbed into the boat, the wind calmed. The disciples were completely amazed. Even after the miracle of the loaves, they had not learned what God could do.

Eyewitness

Matthew 14:32 As soon as they climbed into the boat, the wind calmed.
Mark 6:51–52 When Jesus climbed into the boat, the wind calmed. The disciples were completely amazed. Even after the miracle of the loaves, they had not learned what God could do.
John 6:21 They gladly welcomed him aboard. Immediately, the boat reached the shore where they were going.
King James

Matthew 14:32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
Mark 6:51–52 And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.
John 6:21 Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.

Immediately, the boat reached the shore where they were going. Utterly amazed and worshipful, the disciples said, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Eyewitness

Matthew 14:33 Utterly amazed and worshipful, the disciples said, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
King James

Matthew 14:33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.