Ever read the passage about Peter walking on the water?
Of course you have!
Did you realize that in the other two accounts of the same story (Mark 6 and John 6) that Peter hopping out of the boat and taking a stroll isn’t mentioned? I was amazed to discover that Jesus hadn’t even intended to stop and get in the boat with the disciples; he fully intended to pass them by and book on over to the other side of the lake (Mark 6).
We always assume that Peter’s faith in who Jesus was allowed him to jump out of the boat and walk on the water, right?
What if it wasn’t?
All three accounts say that none of the disciples could determine that the “ghost” they saw was Jesus. All three say that they were “terrified.”
So, what made Peter jump out of the boat?
Peter hears Jesus’ voice, and he seems to recognize it as belonging to Jesus, but he can’t see him. It is dark, a storm is raging; he isn’t sure at all that he trusts his ears. In great doubt he asks, “if it’s really you…”
Did Peter have a strong faith in Jesus that enabled him to walk on the water?
The text says he didn’t: “You have so little faith.”
So, what’s going on here?
What was Peter’s faith in and why did Jesus call it a “little faith” and further ask him: “Why did you doubt me?” What allowed him to walk on the water?
Sorry, don’t have the answer; I’m pondering the whole thing…