Which would you rather have, faith or fear?
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Matthew’s account of Jesus walking on the water emphasizes Peter’s experience. Today’s illustration is my least favorite of the three we’re looking at. Where is the wind? Where are the waves that were battering the boat? For that matter, why isn’t it dark, since we know that it was before dawn? Jesus and Peter look like they’re standing on the beach with little waves lapping their feet, not walking on the water “in the middle of the sea” (Mark 6:47).
On the other hand, I do like the way that not even Jesus’ clothes are getting wet. If your clothes are wet, you’re going to be uncomfortable, even in the boat or on top of the water. Jesus is perfectly at home and comfortable wherever he is. And the best part is the way Jesus has grabbed onto Peter with his left hand, even while his right hand is raised to scold him for his little faith. Even if your faith is small, Jesus will grab onto you and save you.
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"Christ Walking on the Sea," from the Binns family Bible,
now in the private collection of Regina Hunter.