What Right did Peter Have to Make This Claim?
“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
Walking Where No Man has Walked Before - Matthew chapter 14 describes another crossing of the Sea of Galilee after the second miraculous feeding. This time the disciples left in the boat by themselves and Jesus remained behind to pray. Once again we’re told the crossing was difficult as the wind and the waves were against them. Shortly before morning, they witnessed someone walking on the water and thought it was a ghost, but Jesus told them it was him and to take courage and not be afraid.
Peter replied, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water,” and Jesus did. Peter, a mere man, actually walked on the water, like Jesus, but then he took his eyes off Jesus and concentrated instead on his immediate circumstances – the wind blowing, and the water getting him wet and he began to sink into the stormy sea, but he managed to say three very significant words, “Lord, save me!” As Mark is accustomed to describing Jesus’ actions we’re told that “immediately Jesus took hold of him and took him to the boat.”
Peter learned not only what Jesus can enable us to do, but also how He longs for us to say those same three words. And He’ll be there for us just like He was for Peter.