13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?" 14 They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets." 15 "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" 16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." 17 Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
Yet only in Matthew does Peter have a role in the story. Upon seeing Jesus on the water, he calls out, "'Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water'"(Mt. 14.28). He almost succeeds, yet he suddenly gives in to fear and begins sinking. Jesus scolds him by saying, " 'You of little faith, why do you doubt?'"(14.31). This draws a strange picture of Peter. He no longer simply listens to Jesus, but tries to become actively involved in his teacher's lessons. This idea is again shown in Matthew 15.15. After the parable of the blind leading the blind, Peter asks, " "Explain this parable to us." Jesus replies with a rather impatient remark, but dives a little further into the meaning. He often comes to Jesus with questions throughout Matthew and these questions always ask for clear definitions of stories or truths about some spiritual detail. Many times Jesus snaps a little at him, but Peter obviously is not swayed by any impatience his teacher bestows. This seems to paint a closer relationship between the two men, where Peter is not afraid of Jesus and Jesus is not simply polite to Peter, as teachers tend to be. Jesus' obvious favoritism of Peter, shown in the transfiguration and throughout the gospel, leads one to believe that the two are indeed close friends with trust and mutual respect, which allows them to be freer with their words to one another. Friends tend to be less polite and more open with
“Simon Peter asked him, ‘Lord, where are you going?’ Jesus replied, ‘Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later. Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may
Jaws hanging open, both boys blinked hard several times in disbelief. Then Jesus took a cautious step down into the riverbed, but Johnnie stood rooted to his spot on the bank.
Lily’s and mine egg drop project was made with a plastic container, with sponges, zip ties and balloons. We put the sponges in the container a put the egg in there. We had the egg in the middle, so the egg would not move around. We put zip ties around it to keep the top on and we tied the balloons on to the zip ties, the zip ties were around the contain.
Peter’s life as a disciple of Jesus could be characterized best by his own personal story of coming to Jesus on the Sea of Galilee. At times he would say and do things that had him “walking on water” or “sinking in the waves”. By this I mean that Peter would one minute be doing something that required profound faith and the next minute forget everything and sink in the waves of everyday life. We can look no further than the very instance of when Peter walked on water in Matthew 16:30 to see this contrast of the summation that is Peter’s life. In Matthew 16:30 we see
"They then briefly exchanged some addresses and admonition. As for the reflections of the men, there was a great deal of rage in them. Perchance they might be formulated thus: "If I am going to drowned – if I am going to be drowned – if I am going to be drowned, why, in the name of the seven mad gods who rule the sea, was I allowed to come this far and contemplate sand and trees? Was I brought here merely to have my nose dragged away as I was about to nibble the sacred cheese of life? It is preposterous. If this old ninny-woman, Fate, cannot do better than this, she should be deprived of the management of men's fortunes. She is an old hen who knows not her intention. If she has decided to drown me, why did she not do it in the beginning and save me all this trouble. The whole affair is absurd...But, no, she cannot mean to drown me. She dares not drown me. She cannot drown me. Not after all this work.: Afterward the man might have had an impulse to shake his fist at the clouds, "Just you drown me, now, and then hear what I call you!" (Crane 7)
4. How many disciples were with St. Peter in the boat? ............... (6 - 11- 3)
In modern Christianity, the denial of Jesus Christ by Simon Peter, who later became Saint Peter, can be described as one of the most powerful events of the New Testament. The act is the culmination of Jesus’ prediction to Peter during the Last Supper. In Matthew 26:34 of the Holy Bible, Jesus states to Peter, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” To Simon Peter, this seems comical, for Peter feels that he is a devoted disciple, but to the reader it is an eerie moment. His forward knowledge of Peter’s deceit and Jesus’ calm acceptance of the future are contemplative material for the reader. The act of denial only increases the fright, as Simon Peter’s actions fulfill the prophecy and substantiate
Matthew’s narrative of Jesus walking on the water serves to illustrate the saving power of faith, Christ’s always present help, and the issue of testing God and doubt. Peter, the leading disciple in the story, introduces the issue of a divided mind conflicting between faith and doubt as he attempts to walk out to Jesus who is coming to the ship. Jesus’ purpose for walking out on the water is to save the disciples in the ship “tossed with waves” (Matt 14:24 KJV). The waves, representing chaos, serve as a barrier between the disciples and Jesus, representing God’s divine power. Upon walking on the water, saving Peter, and calming the waves with entering the ship, Jesus proves the power of God to overcome all fear and chaos found in matter.
If you’re a Christian, have you ever doubted God’s existence? Have you ever wondered if whether or not Jesus actually existed and rose from the dead? These kind of questions or doubts can happen to the best of and most committed servants of God.
Thus, after witnessing the great catch, and hearing Jesus command to Peter, James and John, who were also with Peter, left everything behind to follow Jesus (Collins, 2007). Although this miracle was performed early in Jesus ministry, the great catch taught the apostles obedience while revealing the characteristics of God’s sovereignty and omnipotence (Collins,
This is the walking on water story of the two gospels, both begin relatively the same, but in the middle and end there are several differences. In both, Jesus makes the disciples get on the boat while he dismissed the crowd, and then he goes by himself to the mountain to pray. On waves were strong and on the fourth watch of the day, Jesus came to them and they were frightened for they thought he was a ghost. At this point of Matthew’s Gospel, there is a turn, Peter replies to Jesus and asks if he could come to him by walking on the water, as he makes his way, he begins to sink. Jesus says it is because he has “little faith”, saves him, then as they get back on the boat, the wind dies. The Peter part of the story does not occur in Mark’s, rather it has Jesus come on the boat after telling them to not be frightened. At the end, in Mark’s Gospel, it says that they could not understand and their hearts were hardened. However, in Matthew, the disciples acknowledge that Jesus is the son of God and tell him so. Ultimately, Matthew depicts Jesus’ disciples as more understanding, although in both cases, they show a lack of faith; still, instead of losing faith, in Matthew they gain some. Also, Peter is presented as a spokesperson for the other disciples in this section, whereas in Mark, they have nothing to say on the matter and are just dumbfounded by Jesus’ abilities.
Describe what we learn about faith from this centurion’s response to Jesus, a faith so unusual that Jesus marvels at it.
Matthew 14:22-33 tells the story of Jesus walking on water. After sending the disciples out on a boat while he dismissed the crowds, Jesus went to the mountainside to pray. By the time it was dawn, the boat was far from land and Jesus began to walk on the water towards the boat. The disciples were scared of him being a ghost, so Peter asked that if it was Jesus, that he would allow him to also walk on the water. Peter began to walk, but when he became nervous and lost faith, he started to sink. However, Jesus was there to catch him. An event that again proved to the disciples that Jesus was the Son of God. The passage of Matthew includes literary elements of quotations and sequencing to show the ideological importance of moving from doubt to faith. These elements show the author’s original intent for the audience was to convert them to believe in Jesus and to remind the contemporary audience of the power of faith.