Scripture: Matthew 14:22-33; Mark 6:45-52; John 6:16-21; Matthew 14:34-36; Mark 6:53-56.

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Jesus Walks On Water

Matthew 14:22-33 (KJV) 22 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. 23 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. 24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.  25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.  26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.  27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.  28 And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29 And He said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.  30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.  31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?  32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.  33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped Him, saying, Of a truth Thou art the Son of God.

Mark 6:45-52 (KJV) 45 And straightway He (Jesus) constrained His disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while He sent away the people.  46 And when He had sent them away, He departed into a mountain to pray.  47 And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and He alone on the land.  48 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.  49 But when they saw Him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: 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.  51 And He went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.  52 For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.

John 6:16-21 (KJV) 16 And when even was now come, His (Jesus’) disciples went down unto the sea, 17 And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them.  18 And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew.  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.  20 But He saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. 21 Then they willingly received Him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.

Jesus Heals All Who Touch Him

Matthew 14:34-36 (KJV) 34 And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret.  35 And when the men of that place had knowledge of Him (Jesus), they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto Him all that were diseased; 36 And besought Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.

Mark 6:53-56 (KJV) 53 And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore.  54 And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew Him (Jesus), 55 And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard He was.  56 And whithersoever He entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought Him that they might touch if it were but the border of His garment: and as many as touched Him were made whole.

1. What did Jesus tell the disciples to do (Matthew 14:22; Mark 6:45; John 6:17)? Jesus told the disciples to get into a ship and go before Him across the sea to the other side, toward Capernaum.

2. What did Jesus do (Matthew 14:23; Mark 6:46)? Jesus went alone up into a mountain to pray.

3. What happened to the ship (Matthew 14:24; Mark 6:48; John 6:18)? The ship was tossed by the waves.  A great wind blew.

4. What time did Jesus walk on water (Matthew 14:25; Mark 6:48)? At the 4th watch of the night Jesus walked on the water (the 4th watch of the night is 3 am to 6 am).

5. How did the disciples react to seeing Jesus walking on the water (Matthew 14:26; Mark 6:49-50; John 6:19)? The disciples were troubled and though Jesus was a spirit.  They cried out in fear.  They were troubled and afraid.

6. What did Jesus day to His disciples (Matthew 14:27; Mark 6:50; John 6:20)? ”Be of good cheer, it is I, be not afraid.”

7. What did Peter want to do and what happened (Matthew 14:28-31)? Peter wanted to walk on water too.  Jesus told him to come and Peter stepped out of the ship and begin walking to Jesus.  But the winds frightened him and he began to sink.  He cried out to Jesus to save him.  And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught Peter, and said unto him, “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”

8. When did the wind stop (Matthew 14:32; Mark 6:51)? When Jesus (and Peter) stepped into the ship.

9. Though the disciples worshipped Jesus and referred to Him as the Son of God, what does Mark 6:52 say about their hearts?  Their hearts were hardened.

10. What happened in the land of Gennesaret (Matthew 14:34-36: Mark 6:54-56)? All the sick and diseased who were brought to Jesus were healed just by touching Him.


The Amplified version of Mark 6:49-52 says:  When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the sea, they thought He was a ghost, and cried out in horror; for they all saw Him and were shaken and terrified. But Jesus immediately spoke with them and said, “Take courage! It is I (I Am)! Stop being afraid.” Then Jesus got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. The disciples were completely overwhelmed, because they had not understood the miracle of the loaves; how it revealed the power and deity of Jesus; but, in fact, their heart was hardened, being oblivious and indifferent to Jesus’ amazing works.


Ponder this story about the disciples and their response to Jesus’ miracles.  Before we start criticizing the disciples, how would we have acted?  They showed disbelief (amazement) because they didn’t understand the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand.  If we believe Jesus fed five thousand and walked on water, surely we can believe He can work miracles in our life and in the lives of those we love? 


Matthew 14:27 But Jesus immediately said to them (His disciples): “Take courage! It is I.  Don’t be afraid.”


We need to trust God’s Word, love God’s Word and live God’s Word. 


Then we can share God’s Word with others.


Lord, I pray when we find ourselves in a storm, whether natural or supernatural, we will trust You to go through it with us (Matthew 14:24; Mark 6:48; John 6:18).  Lord, I pray we will not be afraid (Matthew 14:26; Mark 6:49-50; John 6:19).  Lord, I pray we will trust You to save us (Matthew 14:30-31). Lord, I pray our faith will keep us from doubting when we don’t understand what You’re doing (Matthew 14:31).  Lord, I pray our hearts will be tender and always open to You (Matthew 14:33; Mark 6:50-52). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.


“May you and I keep our hearts tender and open to the Lord.” <>< Dona