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JESUS WALKS ON WATER (John 6:5-21) (Kent Smith Notes 3/3/24)


John 6:15 - 21 

(Matthew 14:22-23 & Mark 6:45-52)

The Fifth Sign



  • Jesus made the disciples depart.

  • Jesus went to pray.

  • The sea was rough, and the wind was blowing.

  • Jesus came to them on the water.

  • The disciples were fearful.

  • Jesus got in the boat.

  • They safely arrived at the shore


John 6:15-17 So Jesus, perceiving that they were intending to come and take Him by force to make Him king, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone.  Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, and after getting into a boat, they started to cross the sea to Capernaum. It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.

Matt. 14:22 Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him 

Mark 6:45 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him 


Mt 14:23 After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.

Mark 6:46 After bidding them farewell, He left for the mountain to pray.


John 6:18 The sea began to be stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.

Matt. 14:24 But the boat was already a long distance from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was contrary

Mark 6:47  When it was evening, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and He was alone on the land.  Seeing them straining at the oars, for the wind was against them,


John  6:19 Then, when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat;

Matt. 14:25 And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea.

Mark 6: 48 at about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea; and He intended to pass by them.


John 6:19 they were frightened.

Matt. 14:26 When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. 

Mark 6: 49 But when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed that it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw Him and were terrified.


John 6:20 But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”  So, they were willing to receive Him into the boat, 

Matt. 14:27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”

(28-31)  Peter walks on the water

          14:32 When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. 

Mark  6:50-51 But immediately He spoke with them and *said to them, “Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid.”  Then He got into the boat with them, and the wind stopped.


John 6: 21 and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

Matt 14: 33-4  And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!”  When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.

Mark 6:53 When they had crossed over they came to land at Gennesaret, and moored to the shore.



  • Obedience is often required to witness a miracle.

  • Prayer is the preparation to be used by God.

  • In life you will always face some storms.

  • Jesus comes to us in our struggles.

  • Jesus calms our fears and often calms our storms.

  • Jesus will always deliver us safely to shore.


  • They had to get in the boat and leave Jesus behind.

  • Jesus went to pray.

  • The passage was difficult.

  • Jesus met them on the water in the middle of the storm.

Safety is not in where you are, but who is with you. 

  • They were fearful witnessing something they had never seen before. (They were more afraid of Jesus than the storm)

 God is always wanting to do things that reveal His power and glory.

 His ways are not our ways.

  • Moving us from where we are (in the storms of life) to the safety of the shore can be accomplished “immediately.”

 Jo 6: 21 So they were willing to receive Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were  going. 


THE SIGN (for all)

The next day in Capernaum the crowds recognized Jesus.

They knew the disciples had left without Him.

Other boats went to where they had eaten, but no one was there.

So, they came to Capernaum searching for Jesus.

When they found Him, they could not understand how He had gotten there!


John 6:22-25 The next day the crowd that stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other small boat there, except one, and that Jesus had not entered with His disciples into the boat, but that His disciples had gone away alone. 23 There came other small boats from Tiberias near to the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they themselves got into the small boats, and came to Capernaum seeking Jesus. 25 When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You get here?”

I don’t suppose the disciple could have kept from sharing how Jesus had come to them.

It would have been the only explanation that made sense to those who were searching for him.

This was the fifth sign that identified Jesus as the Christ.

This was a sign to the disciples: a sign for the crowds; and a sign for us!



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