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Getting Our of the Boat (Matthew 14:22-36)

Getting Our of the Boat (Matthew 14:22-36)

Jesus Insists on Being Alone...
Matthew has led us through Jesus' challenging kingdom parables: varied soils, hidden yeast, mixed fields/nets, treasures that cost everything. Jesus returns to desire solitude. He pushes the disciples ino their boat, dismisses the crowds, goes up the hill alone and prays.

It was a Dark and Stormy Night...
Then Jesus came, walking on the sea. Everyone knows it's impossible, under any normal situation. The simplicity of it says, Jesus doesn't relate to the world as I do. Rather as creator to something he's invented. The universe, even the most astonishing parts, is God's creation, your Father's world.

Fear and Faith and Doubt and Jesus...
Then something really astonishing happens: Peter. In the wind and waves, he asks Jesus to command him. Jesus knows Peter. Peter knows it's impossible. This is a doomed attempt. But it's not failure! It's wonderful success. It is the very embodiment of faith: He gets out of the boat! He tries and does what no human can