What could be more supernatural for a seasoned fisherman than to take a stroll on the Sea of Galilee together with Jesus? As far as we know Peter is the only one that’s ever walked on water!
Preachers usually concentrate on the fact that Peter started to sink when he saw the wind. I’d like to concentrate on the fact that Peter was bold enough to step out of the boat and walk towards Jesus. When he started sinking and cried out to Jesus, the Lord reached out to him, pulled him up, and together they walked to the boat and climbed in (Matthew 14:22-33).
To me that is the amazing part of the story. Peter and Jesus walked on water! That was only one of the many supernatural things that happened to Peter as a follower of Jesus. As I’ve said before, if God did it then, he can do it now. The times for the supernatural are not over.
My friend that received instructions to pray for a tsunami of the Holy Spirit came over this afternoon to pray together with me. She was very excited because she had googled “tsunami of the Holy Spirit” and come up with other people who had the same vision. I googled it, and it’s true. There is an expectation for a tsunami of the Holy Spirit!
Peter was the recipient and leader in the first great “tsunami,” on the Day of Pentecost. How many have seen 3,000 people be saved after preaching a sermon?
The fisherman turned a powerful preacher of the Gospel
How many are so filled of God’s power that people put the sick on the streets so that their shadow may fall on them, in hopes to be healed?
The apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. 13 No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. 14 Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. 15 As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. 16 Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed.
Peter was going about his business, fishing to make a living, when Jesus came and turned his life around. Jesus can do the same for you!
Some make a joke of the fact that Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law, claiming that was the reason why he later denied Jesus. All jokes aside, Jesus’ visit to Peter’s home and the healing performed was one of the first occurrences after Peter had been called to follow Jesus and become a fisher of men.
Then came a roller-coaster of miracles. Keep in mind that if it happened then, it can happen again. Praise the Lord, he can do it again!
- After a night of work with no results, at Jesus’ word Peter let down his net and caught such a large number of fish that his net began to break (Luke 5:1-11).
- The first miraculous sign Jesus performed was to turn water into wine at a wedding, and Peter was there (John 2:1-11).
- When Peter and Jesus needed to pay the temple tax, at Jesus’ word Peter went to the lake and threw out his line. The first fish he caught had a four-drachma coin in its mouth, which Peter used to pay his and Jesus’ taxes (Matthew 17:24-27). If you ever wondered if Jesus paid taxes, yes he did!
- When Jesus fed the 4,000 and the 5,000 (men, without counting women and children), there was Peter (Matthew 15:29-39; John 6:1-15).
- At the transfiguration of Jesus, when Moses and Elijah appeared talking with Jesus, there was Peter, suggesting they put up shelters for each of them, because “it is good for us to be here”, he said (Matthew 17:1-8).
- At countless miracles of healing, Peter was present. As a matter of fact, he and his disciple friends were sent out and given authority to drive out evil spirits, to heal the sick, and to raise the dead (Matthew 10:1-10).
- The day Peter saw a man who had been four days in the grave walk out alive must have been amazing. And he was at Jesus side when a little girl was resurrected (John 11:40-44; Mark 5:37-43).
- He was in the boat when Jesus was sleeping in the midst of a storm. He was there to see Jesus rebuke the wind and the waves. The disciples were terrified, asking, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him” (Mark 4:35-41).
- Peter was the one who confessed that Jesus was the Christ, when Jesus asked the disciples who they thought he was. “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16).
- When a fig tree withered immediately at Jesus’ word, there was the astonished Peter. That’s when Jesus told them about faith without doubt, something that Peter would practice later on. “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer” (Matthew 21:18-22).
- Peter was on Satan’s “chopping block”! “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat,” Jesus said to him. “But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” Peter replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death” (Luke 22:31-33). But that same night he denied Jesus three times!
- Which could have been Peter’s most amazing experience? Could it have been when the women brought the greeting from the angel that Jesus was alive? Would it be when he saw the empty tomb? His Master was alive, and he, who had disowned him, received a special greeting! (John 20:6; Mark 16:6,7).
- A crippled beggar was healed at his word (Acts 3:1-10).
- Ananias and Sapphira both dropped dead at his feet because they lied about a money offering, not to Peter but to God (Acts 5:1-11).
- The paralytic Aeneas was healed and the kind-hearted Tabitha was raised from the dead (Acts 9:32-43).
- Peter saw the miracle of the first gentiles that received the Gospel (Acts 10:1-48).
- When he was sleeping in prison, awaiting execution because of preaching the Gospel, an angel woke him up, the chains fell of his wrists, they passed the guards, and the iron gate leading to the city opened by itself (Acts 12:3-11). Talk about supernatural experiences!
When Peter first was called to be a fisher of men Jesus gave him a miraculous catch of fish. When he was reinstated after his tragic experience of denying Jesus, Peter had a catch of 153 fish (John 21:1-13). Then Jesus gave him the mission of caring for the sheep. A fisherman turned shepherd!
Tradition has it that Peter was crucified under Emperor Nero. At his own request the cross was put upside down since he didn’t consider himself worthy to be crucified in the same way as his Lord Jesus Christ.
We might not be able to walk hand in hand with Jesus on the waters of the Sea of Galilee, but spiritually speaking we can walk with him. We can follow Jesus step by step, wherever he leads.
“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21).
May we experience the supernatural power of God in our lives. May a tsunami of the Holy Spirit come upon us. May we be as devoted to Jesus as the fisherman Peter was. He had his ups and downs like we all do, but he overcame and finished strong.
Let’s follow Peter’s advice (1 Peter 1:13-16):
- Therefore, prepare your minds for action;
- be self-controlled;
- set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.
- As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.
- But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”