Mt. 14:22-36; Mk. 6:45-56; Jn. 6:15-21
The Jews were expecting the Messiah to set up an earthly kingdom and Jesus realized at this time that the people were about to come by force and make Him a king. That was not His mission.
He sent the disciples to the other side of the sea toward Capernaum and after sending the crowd of people away; He went up into the mountain to pray.
While Jesus was praying, the disciples were having their problems. A strong wind began to blow, which churned up the waves and made rowing the boat very difficult. As they strained against the wind and waves, they encountered an even worse problem. It was early in the morning just before daylight and they saw a ghost!
The “Ghost” identified itself as Jesus, who had completed His prayer and was walking on the water to join the apostles. The impetuous Peter was skeptical and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
Jesus said, “Come.” As Peter was walking on the water toward Jesus, he saw how boisterous the wind was and his faith failed. Beginning to sink, he called out and Jesus caught him. When they got into the boat, the wind became calm.