Event: Jesus Walking on Water
Location: Sea of Galilee
When: Second Galilean Ministry of Jesus
Scriptural Reference: Matt 14: 22-33; Mark 6: 45-52; John 6: 15-21

Jesus Walking on Water

Christ Walking on the Water by Robert T. Barrett

The miracle of Jesus walking on water occurred just after the miracle of Jesus feeding five thousand men.


One night Jesus’ disciples went out on the Sea of Galilee in a boat while Jesus went up into a mountain to pray to Heavenly Father. A storm arose and the boat began to be tossed in the waves. Jesus saw His disciples struggling with their ship in the storm, and He started walking on the water toward the ship. The disciples were afraid when they saw Jesus walking toward them on the water; they thought it was a spirit.

Then they heard Jesus call to them and tell them not to fear. Peter then asked Jesus if he could come to Him, and Jesus told Peter to come. Peter walked on water to go to Jesus, but as he did he became afraid and started to sink. Jesus took hold of Peter’s hand and helped him back to the boat. The sea became calm again, and the disciples testified that Jesus was the Son of God.

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Jesus Walking on Water by Benjamin McPherson

Walking on Faith by Benjamin McPherson

After having spent the day with His followers, Jesus once again sought an opportunity to be alone. He asked His disciples to go ahead on a ship while He sent the multitude home. Then “he went up into a mountain apart to pray” (Matthew 14:23; see also Mark 6:4546).

But while He was praying, a storm came up on the sea. The ship the disciples were on was in the middle of the sea being blown about by the winds and tossed by the waves. Jesus went out to them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw Him coming toward them, they thought it was a spirit and were frightened. (See Matthew 14:2426; Mark 6:4849.)

Jesus immediately calmed their fears, saying, “Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid” (Matthew 14:27; see also Mark 6:50).

The Apostle Peter answered, “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water” (Matthew 14:28).

Jesus told Peter to come, so Peter got out of the boat and began walking on the water toward Jesus. But when Peter saw the fierce winds and waves, he became afraid. He started to sink and cried out for Jesus to save him. (See Matthew 14:30.)

“But when he [Peter] saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” (Matthew 14:30 -31)

When Peter and Jesus were back on the ship, the winds ceased and the sea was calm once again. The disciples had seen all that had happened and worshiped Jesus, saying, “Of a truth thou art the Son of God” (Matthew 14:33).

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