We return to our occasional reading from beginning to end through the Gospel of Matthew, which emphasizes Jesus' divine nature and his status as the Messiah—as the Son of David, the Son of Man, and the Son of God.
Read Matthew 14:32-36
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."
When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.
Witnessing how Jesus, through just his presence, calmed the storm on the sea must have been a powerful experience for the disciples. It served as solid proof—which they'd never forget—that Jesus was indeed God's Son, the Messiah. But as soon as the boat lands, the crowds return, seeking Jesus because of his renown as a healer. What different perspective might the disciples have gained on Jesus' healing touch, given their own up-close and personal experience on the lake the previous night and the very public feeding of thousands?
Father, today help us clearly see how you work in circumstances around us and how you answer our prayers. Thank you that Jesus, your Son, gave his life and rose again so our sins could be forgiven. Amen.