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All The Difference In The World

All The Difference In The World

Matthew 14:22-33

Let me ask you, do you know the difference between these two:

There is a big difference isn’t there?

I believe that this story that ___________ read illustrates that…that there is a big difference in believing in Jesus and believing Jesus…and that difference is what actually determines what real, sincere faith is…and we all know how important faith is…because “without faith it is impossible to please God.”

So let’s look at this story and see what the difference is between believing in Jesus and believing Jesus. Notice first of all verse 22:

And immediately He made the disciples get into the boat…

Now look at verse 23: And after He had sent the multitudes away, He went up to the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening He was there alone.

 Verse 24: But the boat was already many stadia away from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was contrary.

So they are out here on the sea and the wind picks up and their boat is being battered by the waves and as you can imagine these disciples are probably rowing as hard as they can and bailing water as fast as I can.

Now verse 25: And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea.

Now let me make two quick points here.

One: Many Christians have the idea that obedience to God always produces “smooth sailing”, but this is not true.

 And then number two: Notice that Jesus walked on the water? Why do you think He did that?

Verse 26: And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were frightened, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried for fear.

Let me ask you this, just a few days before this took place what have these disciples been doing?

And now they are out here on this sea, the waves are battering the boat, the wind is strong, it is early in the morning, and they look up and see what they think is a ghost… And they cry for fear!

Now these disciples think Jesus is a ghost.

Verse 27: But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”

Verse 28: And Peter answered him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And he said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

 Verse 30: But seeing the wind, he became afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

 Look at verse 31: And immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

You know a lot of people criticize the other disciples in this story because they didn’t get out of the boat.

Look at verse 32: And when they got into the boat, the wind stopped.

 Now verse 33: And those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, you are certainly God’s Son!”

You see there is a huge difference between the two and that difference is what actually determines what real, sincere faith is.

Now, let me give you some teachings and as I do ask yourself if you simply believe in Jesus or if you really believe Jesus:

“I tell you, unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” Luke 13:3.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” John 13:34.

“For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ in God” Ephesians 5:5

 “Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.” John chapter 5:28 and 29.

 “Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sand; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38.

 You could go all the way through the New Testament and look at all the teachings and commandments of Christ and what you will find is a lot of people believe in Jesus but comparatively only a few really believe Jesus.