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
Treacherous Waters – As a fisherman on the Sea of Galilee, Peter was aware of the strong and sudden storms that could arise. In Mark chapter 4 they are crossing the water and as recorded in verse 37, “and there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up.” Jesus was in the boat sleeping when they woke Him saying, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
Jesus merely spoke three words, “Hush, be still,” in verse 39 and the “wind died down and it became perfectly calm.” The disciples reaction is recorded in verse 41, “And they become very much afraid and they said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and sea obey Him?’” Sometimes I’ve wondered if Jesus’ words “Hush, be still” were to the storm and water or to his marginal followers? After all, verse 40 records, “And He said to them, ‘Why are you so timid? How is it that you have no faith?’”
Peter could probably tell us, but perhaps it’s left open-ended so we could take these questions to heart. Picture yourself in the boat with the other followers. What would / should your reaction be?