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Sink or Swagger

Did you notice that it was never Jesus’ idea that Peter get out of the boat? This story of Jesus walking on water is one of the most dramatic, urgent and evocative in all of Matthew’s gospel. And there’s good reason for that. Today’s text is a hinge, a critical moment in the plot and the first unveiling of the question that animates the gospel throughout: who is Jesus? You might recall that back in Chapter 8, there was another story of Jesus on a boat with the disciples in the midst of the storm. In that story, like this one, the disciples are terrified, but when Jesus calms the storm, their response is a question: “what sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?” Tha

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