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XVI. Jesus' walking on the water

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The second nature miracle in which Jesus reveals His powers over the elements, like stilling of the storm, is connected with the Sea of Galilee. It differs in character from the stilling of the storm in that not merely the "word", but the whole person of Jesus Himself is involved: Jesus walks across the water. As was the case in the healing miracles, it will be necessary here to fall back on the Old Testament. We have already pointed out that Jesus in His "epiphany" did not simply wish to pass His disciples in a display of power. His revelation of might was really a revelation of salvation. Jesus' appearance on the Sea of Galilee must not merely be interpreted as a salutary, saving revelation of power vis-a-vis the disciples, but also as a sign of divine, saving nearness for everyone who believes and, in his belief, obeys.

Keywords: Jesus; Old Testament; Sea of Galilee; sign of divine

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