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"Jesus Walks on the Lake"
- January 5, 2011
All three accounts â€“ from Mark, Matthew and John â€“ place this episode immediately after the multiplication of the loaves, at the height of Jesusâ€™s popularity in Galilee. The air is electric with expectation. The people want to make Jesus messiah - by force, if necessary;
His disciples are also eager for this, so Jesus has to force them back into the boat and onto the lake. while he himself disappears into the wilderness to pray.
The appearance of Jesus walking on the water takes place in the early morning, between 3.00 and 6.00 am. The disciples in the boat see Jesus and think he is a ghost. They are terrified. Jesus speaks to them and his words encourage them: â€śTake heart, do not be afraid. It is I.â€ť These last words imply a divine identity.
In revealing himself to them in this way, Mark points to Godâ€™s assurance that he is faithful to his promises of salvation.