I Am – You Are!
Matthew 14:22-33 Amplified
How did you like those pop quizzes in school? Jesus gave His disciples two pop quizzes in a row and they failed the first one miserably and the second one, well, we will just have to see how they did in our Scripture passage today.
Then He directed the disciples to get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent away the crowds. And after He had dismissed the multitudes, He went up into the hills by Himself to pray. When it was evening, He was still there alone. But the boat was by this time out on the sea, many furlongs [a furlong is one-eighth of a mile] distant from the land, beaten and tossed by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch [between 3:00—6:00 a.m.] of the night, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified and said, It is a ghost! And they screamed out with fright. But instantly He spoke to them, saying, Take courage! I Am! Stop being afraid! And Peter answered Him, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water. He said, Come! So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus. But when he perceived and felt the strong wind, he was frightened, and as he began to sink, he cried out, Lord, save me [from death]! Instantly Jesus reached out His hand and caught and held him, saying to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt? And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat knelt and worshiped Him, saying, Truly You are the Son of God! Matthew 14:22-33 Amplified
- The disciples in the storm
- Jesus had sent them into the storm
For they failed to consider or understand [the teaching and meaning of the miracle of] the loaves; [in fact] their hearts had grown callous [had become dull and had lost the power of understanding]. Mark 6:52 Amplified
The disciples were doing what Jesus told them to do in the right place and at the right time and they still found themselves in the middle of a storm.
- The disciples had been in a storm before
And after He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly, behold, there arose a violent storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered up by the waves; but He was sleeping. And they went and awakened Him, saying, Lord, rescue and preserve us! We are perishing! And He said to them, Why are you timid and afraid, O you of little faith? Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great and wonderful calm (a perfect peaceableness). And the men were stunned with bewildered wonder and marveled, saying, What kind of Man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him! Matthew 8:23-27
- Jesus on the sea
- How did Jesus do it?
Jesus prayed late into the night. Then one step at a time He trusted His Father to enable Him to walk out upon the water. It is the same way He fed the thousands or raised Lazarus from the dead.
Jesus demonstrated to His disciples that everything that threatened to over their heads, His Father had already put under His feet.
- How did Peter do it?
And Peter answered Him, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water. He said, Come! So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus. Verses 28-29
As Peter kept His eyes on Jesus and related His situation to Christ for every step he took, he shared the victory of his Lord. The impossible became possible.
- Jesus says “I Am”
But instantly He spoke to them, saying, Take courage! I Am! Stop being afraid! Verse 27
In so many words, Christ said to His disciples, “I Am all that you ever need, at any time, in any storm; and all that I Am, you have! Stop being afraid!”
- Together in the boat
- The storm ceases
And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Verse 32
Then they were quite willing and glad for Him to come into the boat. And now the boat went at once to the land they had steered toward. [And immediately they reached the shore toward which they had been slowly making their way.]
- The disciples say “You are”
- If you follow Jesus, there will be storms.
- Jesus never denies the reality of the storm.
- The purpose of the storm is for you hear “I Am” and for you to respond “You are”
Hebrews 11:6 NIV says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists (You are) and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him (I Am).”