Peter walks on the water, as should we all…

peter2“He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus” ~ Matthew 14:29

“Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” ~ Matthew 10:8

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you” ~ John 14:12-17

“And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” ~ Luke 24:49

“When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.” ~ Acts 2:1-4

“If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” ~ Galatians 5:25

Peter, the fisherman, steps out of the boat, and walks upon the water…

“Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be 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 came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of 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 worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” ~ Matthew 14:22-32

It was hard for me to find a picture of Peter stepping out of the boat, placing his foot on the water, and walking – on the water – to Jesus.

Peter.1This is because most of the pictures showing Peter walking on the water don’t show him stepping out of the boat and walking on the water, but show him sinking, after he doubted.

“But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me.’ Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’”

I imagine we prefer to see Peter doubting and sinking, rather than preferring to see Peter walking in faith, on the water, exactly like Jesus did, because we don’t walk in faith, or walk on the water… we sit in the boat, as the other disciples did, so we create pictures of Peter sinking, which are images that reveal our lack of faith more than they do Peter’s, because Peter, unlike us, and unlike the other disciples, stepped out of the boat, and walked upon the water, exactly as Jesus did!

In the boat that day, eleven disciples, upon recognizing – as Jesus – the figure who was walking toward them upon the water, promptly did nothing, and sat on their asses. Only one disciple, Peter – immediately and without hesitation – got up, said to the Jesus: “Lord! If you bid me come to you I will!” and Jesus said to him: “Come.” So Peter, who had been a fisherman all of his life, stepped out of the boat, and began walking upon the water!

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Can you imagine? A man who’d spent his entire life in boats, fishing, on the water, stepped out of the boat, as if the water were solid as concrete, and found that when walking in faith it was solid, and he walked upon it, exactly as Jesus did.

When Peter did begin to doubt, and began to sink, the Lord wasn’t angry with him, he was simply saddened and disappointed in Peter, but happily so, I think, because Peter displayed such perfect, unwavering faith when he first saw Jesus, unlike the other disciples, and us, when Peter asked him: “Bid me to come to you Lord and I will!”, and he did, just as Jesus did.

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After Jesus had ascended to the Father and had sent the Holy Spirit upon the disciples, Peter was the one disciple who was the most Christlike, healing multitudes of peoples of various diseases, casting out devils, and raising the dead, just as Jesus did.

“Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.a And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God, and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.” ~ Acts 3:1-10

“Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico. None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem. And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed.” ~ Acts 5:12-16

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“Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas.c She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, “Please come to us without delay.” So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. And he stayed in Joppa for many days with one Simon, a tanner.” ~ Acts 9:36-43

“Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” ~ Matthew 28:16-20

“O you of little faith, why do you doubt?!’” ~ Jesus

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” ~ Hebrews 12:1-2

“And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.” ~ Luke 5:11

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4 Responses to Peter walks on the water, as should we all…

  1. ajmacdonaldjr: Are you taking your Roman Catholic religious beliefs too far?
    “Peter walks on water, as should we all.” I suggest you read:”The Greatest Story Ever Told” from the Zeitgeist Sourcebook, it might put a damper on your Roman Catholic Faith.
    Also, get on to:www.mostholyfamilymonastry.com/consecration_russia.php and read the section:”THE HERESIES OF VATICAN 11,” this might also put a damper on your Roman Catholic Faith as well. This website confirms what I have believed for many years: that Pope Pius X11 was the last Most Holy Father of The Vatican and The Roman Catholic Church – every Pope since Pope Pius X11 has be (an) Apostate or Anti-Pope.
    I have advocated for many years that Pope Pius X11 should have been canonized Saint Pope Pius X11 many years ago, and it is almost certainly demonic influence over The Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church that has prevented the canonization of Pope Pius X11.
    I no longer accept any religious validity coming from the Vatican or the Roman Catholic Church, but for historical reasons I only recognize the validity of Roman Political Catholicism, assuming that The Vatican and The Roman Catholic Church have any legitimate political authority.
    I recently visited a local Roman Catholic Church during a service and members of the congregation were receiving Communion and Wine whilst facing North instead of East from two assistants while the Priest looked on standing near the Alter.
    I was amazed, because ever since my own Confirmation into the Roman Catholic Church as a young boy and during every Service everyone kneeled in front of the Alter facing East and received Holy Communion and Wine from the Priest.
    ajmacdonaldjr: Is the Roman Catholic Church The Roman Catholic Church or something other-than? I make no comment on your personal faith, I merely discuss what I perceive as omissions within The Roman Catholic Church.
    On a personal note, I am more inclined to The Holy Virgin Mary within the Roman Catholic Church because I believe Her Divinity is preeminent within The True Trinity – God(ess) The Mother – God The Father – God The Son. For this reason I wish you well on your journey to see The Holy Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico. I do not believe personally that the situation in Mexico will change any time soon regardless as to how many people pray to The Holy Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico. Jomi.

  2. Zeitgeist? lol be serious! I’m well aware of history, and the history of the Catholic Church. And I have no plans on leaving the Church because she’s imperfect and made up of imperfect people. The Catholic Church is still the best church around, and the only one for me. A bare existentialism is, I think, the only other option, and since I know Jesus rose from the grave I will chose hope over existential despair any day. I’m simply writing about what the New Testament tells us, which are the most well attested to writing of all ancient literature. Anyone who disparages the accuracy and validity of the NT text has no business quoting any other ancient sources, which have no where near the number of extant manuscripts the NT does. I never even mentioned the Catholic Church in this article. It seems you’re the one allowing your presupposition to dictate your interpretation of my writing here. The simple truth of what I wrote here is that we can and are commanded to do all that Jesus did, and we can if and when we decide to leave all, follow him, and walk in faith. Very simple but very hard to do. Broad is the way that leads to destruction and many there be who go in there at, narrow is the way that leads to life and few there be that find it.

    • ajmacdonaldjr: I agree,The Catholic Church is the best Church around from the perspective of European history and the 2 thousand year history of The Roman Catholic Church, but bear in mind that the history of the Roman Catholic Church has not always been one of a bed of roses, and I would be surprised if The Roman Catholic Church has anything like the influence it once had, and if what http://www.mostholyfamilymonastry.com say with regard to Apostasy within The Catholic Church is true, then elements within The Catholic Church have rendered the teachings of Jesus Christ (Yashua ben Joseph) virtually meaningless. Can The Roman Catholic Church serve political interests that are damaging to The Church and still claim to uphold the teachings of Christ?
      Historically speaking, the wonder is that The Roman Catholic Church is still standing and has survived the worst attacks of communism which is not dead and buried but still active in its agenda against The Vatican and The Roman Catholic Church.
      Apostate Anti-Popes are the Trojan Horse that could destroy The Roman Catholic Church within; and yes I know that you have not mentioned The Catholic Church in your writings, but if you follow the Catholic Faith you are bound by Faith and Conscience to defend The Roman Catholic Faith. I dare say that because of the Protestant nature of American history and the fact that Christianity is now totally fragmented, a symptom of the fragmented mentality of Western Civilisation, you have an uphill struggle.
      It only leaves me to say that you should pray for the soul of Barry Solero, as well as all members of the White House and the Pentagon and the American Industrial Complex.
      Perhaps you should use your influence to convince Barry Solero of the merits of the teachings of Jesus Christ (Yeshua ben Joseph) and The Roman Catholic Church. Jomi

      (If you are confused about Barry Solero, don’t be, he just recently won the presidential election)

  3. Not only has the history been bad, look at the present! Unjust wars are now “a prudential judgement”?! What would Augustine say?! I prefer Barry to Mitt, but both are traitors, unless Barry is technically a foreign agent!🙂 If I have to set the Church right myself I suppose I will have to do so, but I’m not leaving her in her hour of need, that’s for sure. Better days are ahead, I believe, hope, and pray. Building a culture of life is much better than enduring the culture of death humanism has given us. Without natural law I see nothing but a furtherance of the culture of death. Man’s law without God, nature, and the healthy human conscience = tyranny, and we don’t need more of that. What we need is the Church to walk the talk, because it’s being hypocritical now, which even a child can see.

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