DAY 14 – BOAT RIDE ON THE SEA OF GALILEE
Theme: Faith, hope, and love
Read Mark 6:45-56
A visit to the Sea of Galilee enables us to understand why Jesus loved this area. He called 11 of his 12 disciples from this region. Many were prosperous fishermen. It’s a serene setting. The tranquility of the lake provides a quiet contrast to the hustle and bustle of cities like Jerusalem.
But the lake is not always calm. It has the ability to surprise even experienced fishermen. That happened on more than one occasion with the disciples of the Lord.
After a long day of ministry, Jesus sent his disciples to the other side of the lake to teach them about faith. “The disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, ‘It’s a ghost!’ But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” (Matthew 14:24-27 – NLT). Nothing brings greater courage in the middle of the storms of life than to recognize the One who said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5 – NLT).
A few moments later, “Peter called to him, ‘Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.’ ‘Yes, come,’ Jesus said.
So Peter went over the side of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus! “But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. ‘Save me, Lord!’ he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. ‘You have so little faith,’ Jesus said. ‘Why did you doubt me?’ When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped” (Matthew 14:28-32 – NLT).
Have you ever felt like you were about to “go under” for the last time in life? It’s easy to feel hopeless in that moment. Yet here Jesus reminded Peter and the rest of the disciples that hope comes in the trials of life when we grab the hand of the Master.
Then, after his resurrection, Jesus went back to this tranquil place and taught his disciples about love. Three times, Jesus asked Peter, who must have doubted his own ability to answer any question following his denial of the Lord, “Do you love me?”
In these three moments, Jesus reminded us of what Paul would later write to the Corinthians: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13).
Prayer of reflection: Thank you, Jesus, that you demonstrated these three great qualities while you were on earth. Would you develop these attributes in my life today?