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Simon Peter -- Everyone's Disciple (15 of 15)
TWELVE WHO CHANGED THE WORLD
I. THE PROBLEM OF THE STORM
A. The Distance From the Shore
Matthew 14:24 (CSV) - But the boat was already over a mile from land, battered by the
waves, because the wind was against them.
1. Sea of Galilee is ten miles wide
2. They were in the middle, meaning it was five miles back to the shore or five minutes
forward to the shore on the other side.
3. Many times we have committed ourselves to a certain course, and then the storm
comes upon us making it difficult to decide whether to turn back or to go on.
4. Some storms are of our own making; some storms are allowed by the Saviour;
some storms are caused by others; some storms are caused by Satan.
5. This storm was allowed by the Saviour. He sent them deliberately into the storm.
Matthew 24:22 -- Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go
ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds
B. The Darkness of the Night
Matthew 14:25 -- Around three in the morning, He came toward them walking on the sea
1. It was at three o'clock in the morning when the storm had reached its height.
2. This is the darkest hour -- just before the dawn.
3. They failed to see God's purpose in the storm and thought that they might die.
C. The Direction of the Wind
1. "The wind was against them."
2. This means the wind was blowing in the opposite direction they wanted their
vessel to go.
3. The wind was making it impossible to steer their vessel.
II. THE PERFORMANCE OF THE SAVIOUR
Matthew 14:26-27 -- (26) When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified.
"It's a ghost!" they said, and cried out in fear. (27) Immediately Jesus spoke to them. "Have
courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."
A. Jesus Came to Declare His Deity
1. Another translation says that Jesus said, "Be not afraid, I am."
2. "I AM" w ...
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