14 Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, "This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world." 15 Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone. 16 Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them. 18 Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing. 19 So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. 20 But He said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid." 21 Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.
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This same incident, of Jesus walking on the water, is also recorded in the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Mark. The most complete retelling of this event comes from Matthew 14:22-34 (NKJV).
After Jesus fed the five thousand, the people who were now full and who had witnessed this amazing supernatural event were convinced that Jesus was the "Prophet." (Deuteronomy 18:15, one of the first prophetic words concerning the Messiah)
They believed this about Jesus so strongly that they wanted to force Him to become the King of Israel. Jesus knew two things: 1) It was not His destiny to become the King of Israel. 2) That Jesus was not tempted to take what Satan had already offered Him. To become the ruler of rulers on earth paled in comparison to the Father's plan to be the Savior of the world.
The disciples left Jesus alone and took a boat to get back to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. A great storm developed that threatened to sink the boat. In John's narrative, the disciples were more afraid of the person walking on the water than the storm that threatened to swamp their boat.
Jesus let the disciples know that it was Him. Who else could it be some 3 or 4 miles out in the sea? Jesus joined the disciples in the boat and they arrived at their destination. (You really need to read the Matthew account of this story)
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