This is the second post in a series on “The Awe of Jesus.” Click here to review John’s previous messages.
Let us consider one short section of Scripture that involves a dialogue between Jesus and Peter. Peter might have asked himself, “Could I walk with Jesus?” when Jesus was supernaturally walking on the water. Jesus had one word for Peter and only one word for you and me—come. When Peter came he had a supernatural experience with God and God’s power.
The following is the story of Peter’s experience when he responded to Jesus’ command to “come”:
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on
the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you
on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped
him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” -Matthew 14:25-33
Who is this God-Man called the Son of God that’s worshipped by men, supernaturally walks on water, and tells people like us to “come” to him?
One anonymous writer has described Jesus in the following way:
“Jesus of Nazareth without money or arms conquered more millions than Alexander, Caesar, Mohammed and Napoleon.
Without science or learning, he shed more Light on things human and divine than all the philosophers and scholars combined.
Without the eloquence of the school, he spoke words of life such as were never spoken before or since and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator or poet.
Without writing a single line, he has set more pens in motion and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, works of art, learning volumes and songs than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times.
Born in a manger and crucified as a malefactor, he now controls the destinies of the civilized world.”
You know His Name—the One we call the Incarnation of God. It is Jesus.
His birthplace was Bethlehem. His city was Nazareth. His trade was a carpenter. His calling was unique. His words were profound. His destiny was death.
In some ways He was like us.
Here was a man born of a peasant woman who grew up in a typical family, never wrote a book, possessed neither wealth nor influence, and never ran for political office.
But it was obvious that He was different from us.
He came from heaven to be a servant. He came from a throne to carry a Cross. He laid aside majesty to bear the wounds of those He loves.
In infancy He startled kings. In childhood He puzzled religious leaders. In manhood He ruled the course of nature and hushed the sea.
James Stewart—the Scottish Divine—speaks about his unique contrast as he describes His personality:
“He was also the meekest and lowest of all the sons of men, yet He spoke of coming in the clouds of
heaven with the glory of God. He was so gentle and approachable that children loved to play with Him
and the little ones nestled in His arms. His attitude of gaiety at the village wedding was like the sunshine.
No one had a heart so kind and compassionate to sinners yet no one ever spoke such scorching words
about sin. A bruised reed He would not break. His whole life was love, yet on one occasion He challenged
the self-righteous on how they expected to escape the devastation of their hypocrisy. He was the servant
who washed the disciples’ feet, yet as He walked into the temple, the hustlers and money changers fell over their feet to get away from the fire they saw blazing in His eyes. While on His Cross, ‘He saved others, yet Himself He could not save,’ cried out His accusers.”
The author concludes by saying . . .
“There is nothing in history like the union of contrast that confronts us in the mystery of Jesus—the mystery of Jesus is the mystery of Divine Personality.”
We’ll pick up here next week.