Truly You Are The Son Of God! (Matthew 14:22-36)

Terrel Kesterson, January 14, 2018
Part of the series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Dear fellow believers in Christ, Once a Pharisee named Nicodemus told Jesus, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him” (Jn. 3:2b). Nicodemus wanted to know who Jesus is to be able to work such great miracles. Jesus had just fed the five thousand with only five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus can do that because He is God. We’re told, “Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side.... And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening had come, He was alone there.” Although He is God, Jesus is also human. Jesus didn’t always use His power as God during His earthly ministry. He regularly took time to pray to His Father. During His earthly ministry as true man Jesus needed to be strengthened by His Father. The five thousand had tried to make Him their earthly king to keep feeding them and taking care of their physical needs. Jesus may well have prayed to His Father for strength to resist the temptation to be an earthly king, and instead


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Matthew 14:22-36

22And straightway he constrained the disciples to enter into the boat, and to go before him unto the other side, till he should send the multitudes away. 23And after he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into the mountain apart to pray: and when even was come, he was there alone. 24But the boat was now in the midst of the sea, distressed by the waves; for the wind was contrary. 25And in the fourth watch of the night he came unto them, walking upon the sea. 26And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a ghost; and they cried out for fear. 27But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto the upon the waters. 29And he said, Come. And Peter went down from the boat, and walked upon the waters to come to Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, Lord, save me. 31And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and took hold of him, and saith unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 32And when they were gone up into the boat, the wind ceased. 33And they that were in the boat worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. 34And when they had crossed over, they came to the land, unto Gennesaret. 35And when the men of that place knew him, they sent into all that region round about, and brought unto him all that were sick, 36and they besought him that they might only touch the border of his garment: and as many as touched were made whole. (ASV)

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