From Fisherman to Fisher of Men

Matt Jacobs

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” Matthew 14:22-33 NIV

  1. As believers, today we will learn to:
  2. Recognize Jesus for who He is.
  3. Go Boldly to the throne of grace w/ reverence, yet boldly.
  4. That as Christ followers we are called to serve and, often times, we’re called into service in such a way that will require us to step out in faith.
  5. When we stumble – note when we stumble, not if – but when we fall we’re reminded of the simplicity of turning our gaze to Christ who is our go to helper, our sustainer, in our time of need.
  6. Vs. 22 Jesus dismisses the disciples and the crowd.
  7. Vs. 23 Jesus went to the mountainside to pray.
  8. Vs. 24 Disciples found themselves apart from Jesus in the middle of the storm.

“We may have fair weather at the beginning of our voyage, and yet meet with storms before we arrive at the port… but after a long calm expect some storm or other… It is no new thing for Christ’s disciples to meet w/ storms in the way of their duty, and to be sent to sea then when their Master foresees a storm… Note, though troubles and difficulties may disturb us in our duty, they must not drive us from it; but through the midst of them we must press forward.” - Matthew Henry commentary


  1. Vs. 25 Jesus went to them.

Exodus 14:24

  1. Vs 26 They were troubled.

Psalm 9:10 “Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”

  1. Vs. 27 Be not afraid

John 10:4 “When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.”

  1. Vs 28 Peter’s courage and boldness

Prov 8:17 “I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me”

Rom 8:35 & 39 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

Neither height nor depth, no anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

  1. Vs 29 A sincere and affectionate request.
  2. Vs. 30 “Lord save me!”

Ps 20:6 “Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of his right hand.”

Ps 18:4-6 “The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me. In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.”

  1. Vs. 31 Why doubt?
  2. Vs. 32 Lord of the wind and the earth
  3. Vs. 33 They worshiped Him

Matt 27:54 “When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, ‘Surely he was the Son of God!’”