Two jaw-dropping miracles
Matthew 14 contains two very well-known miracles performed by Jesus. In the first miracle we see Jesus feed five thousand men. That number doesn’t even include all of the women and children He fed on that day. This was a major feat. The disciples didn’t know where they were going to get enough food to feed all of the people who had come to hear Jesus teach and watch Him perform miracles. Jesus took five loaves and two fish, and multiplied them to the point where everyone there had their fill, and there were still twelve baskets of food left over.
Wow! Jesus demonstrated His power in such an amazing, beneficial, and God-glorifying way. This miracle is actually the only miracle of Jesus that is recorded in all four Gospels. It is intended to leave us with our mouths wide open in awe of Jesus’ power.
The second miracle is of Jesus walking on the water. Jesus’ disciples got in a boat and went out to sea while Jesus went up on the mountain to pray. As the night went on, the boat moved further and further away from the shore. Jesus determined to join his disciples in the boat, so He simply walked out to them on top of the water. As the disciples saw Him coming, they thought they were seeing a ghost until Jesus spoke and identified Himself.
Then Peter jumped out of the boat and attempted to walk out on the water toward Jesus. At first he was successful, but as the wind picked up, he was overcome with fear and began to sink. He did the right thing though. He called out to Jesus, and Jesus reached out His hand and took hold of Peter.
Two miracles. Two impressive displays of Jesus’ power. The God who spoke everything into existence demonstrated His power over the matter He created. These were miracles by any definition. The impossible became possible. The laws of nature were overcome by the God who put them into place. The power of our omnipotent God was on full display.
The result? The disciples responded, “Truly you are the Son of God.” Moments of doubt and uncertainty were still to come for them. But they were beginning to get just a glimpse of the true identity of Jesus, the Messiah, God in flesh. Truly He is the Son of God. I trust you are continuing to see Him more clearly as you continue you to grow in your knowledge of God and His Word.
Adam Blosser is the pastor of Drakes Branch Baptist Church. He can be reached at email@example.com.