“What Is It Going to Take?”
Pastor David Moore
Old Testament reading: Isaiah 43:1‐10
But now thus says the Lord, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you,
O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name,
you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire
you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt
as your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my sight,
and honored, and I love you, I give people in return for you, nations in exchange for your life.
Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east,
and from the west I will gather you; I will say to the north, “Give them up,” and to the south,
“Do not withhold; bring my sons from far away and my daughters from the end of the earth,
everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”
Bring forth the people who are blind, yet have eyes, who are deaf, yet have ears!
Let all the nations gather together, and let the peoples assemble.
Who among them declared this, and foretold to us the former things?
Let them bring their witnesses to justify them, and let them hear and say:
“It is true.” You are my witnesses, says the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am He.
Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me.
New Testament reading: Matthew 14:22‐33
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.”
Theme: What would it take to convince people Jesus is the Son of God, and was in fact God Himself? We will look at the disciples’ response to these questions.
Story: Jesus interacts with the disciples and especially Peter, on the Sea of Galilee.
The climax of the first part of the story: Jesus calls out to the disciples, “Take courage; ego eimi; (I Am) do not be afraid.”
Note that Jesus says who He is. I Am. God’s name for Moses from the burning bush was “I Am.”
John in his gospel highlighted this over and over showing us the many times Jesus calls Himself “I Am.” ~D. Moore
Jesus then says, “Take courage. Take courage because it is me; it is God coming to you. I created the waters, and I can walk on them, so, take courage.” ~D. Moore
Take courage because He will never leave you or forsake you. ~D. Moore
The next astonishing moment is when Peter walks on water. Jesus commands Peter to come to Him in the water. Peter gets out of the boat because he maintained his position before Jesus. Peter is to obey. Peter can do anything, even walk on water if he will obey God. Peter’s faith allows him to cry to Jesus, “Lord, save me.” ~D. Moore
The disciples were convinced that Jesus is God, because of the cumulative effect of their interactions with Jesus. Our faith walk is a similar cumulation of our experience with Christ in our life. We are growing at our own pace. ~D. Moore
The disciples are now closer to believing Christ is God.
Questions to consider:
What will it take for you to take the next step forward in obedience?
What will it take for God to call you out of your safe place and onto the water, the only hope you have is God.
We like safety, we want control. If we can give up our power and trust God, He will call us out on the water. He will call us to do many things in blessing others. ~D. Moore
This story can be your life. God has invited you out. Obey and step out of your comfort zone.
God bless, have a great week!