“When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, ‘Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?’ So they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in Heaven.’” —Matthew 16.13-17
Peter supernaturally took a step into the heavenly realm as he prophetically proclaimed over the general consensus and the voices of his peers that Jesus was indeed the Christ, the Son of the living God. This revelatory prophetic decree
had not been disclosed to Peter by flesh and blood… but by the Creator of the Universe—God Himself!
In recent years it has been voiced by many apostles and prophets that God is about to reveal Himself in new and greater dimensions of His Glory. We can only wonder if today we will recognize the Christ, the Son of the living God when His Glory enters the room. And on that day, by revelation from our Father in Heaven, will we be ready to speak out above the voices of those around us and boldly proclaim… “Yes, this is indeed our Jesus, the Son of the living God!”?
When everyone else is looking for the familiar Jesus they have read about or experienced in past moves of God, will we be able to identify Him? Will we be ready to greet Him in this new dimension when He shows up in a meeting or on the streets wearing garments of another color? Or, will we play it safe and keep the Son of the living God in the wrappings of our past revelations and possibly miss Him completely?
Getting Our Feet Wet!
“Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, ‘It is a ghost!’ And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.’ And Peter answered Him and said, ‘Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.’ So He said, ‘Come.’ And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, ‘Lord, save me!’ And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’ And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, ‘Truly You are the Son of God.’”—Matthew 14.25-33
As we read, Peter certainly had a distinctive reputation of stepping out of safe places—like boats! He could have easily sat back and remained dry, surrounded by the safety of his closest comrades, but instead he chose to take the risk and step out into the center of a storm-tossed sea with the eminent possibility of getting wet—or worse! Peter was willing to take that risk because he didn’t want to miss the extraordinary opportunity for a visitation with Jesus—the Son of the living God!
Remember, the disciples didn’t recognize the man outside of the boat as Jesus. They were actually afraid and called Him “a ghost” because He appeared to them in a completely different manner—as someone unidentifiable and inordinately out of place. But when the Son of God spoke, Peter not only recognized His voice… he obeyed it. Hearing the voice of Jesus was enough for Peter to begin to see with his spiritual eyes, beyond the general consensus of those around him—seeing into the Kingdom realm. It was at that very moment that he recognized Jesus as the one sitting on the throne—as the King of kings and Lord of lords. He saw with Kingdom eyes, the very Son of God. It was then when Peter accessed the faith and courage to step out of the safety zone of the earthly realm, and move forward into Kingdom reality.
Although Peter did take his eyes off of the Lord and ultimately had to be rescued by his Savior, the instant Peter stepped back into the boat hand-in-hand with Jesus, the storm ceased. This was the turning point that opened the spiritual eyes of the disciples. It was only when the storm ceased and the atmosphere cleared that they began to recognize Jesus and to proclaim to Him, “Truly You are the Son of God”
We must not only be ready to step out of the boat to meet with Jesus, we must also be ready to bring Him back with us, hand-in-hand, in order to help lead others to the reality of who exactly the Son of God is.
It is important to remember that the entire account of Peter walking on the water took place prior to Jesus asking His disciples who they thought that He, the Son of Man, was. Yes, the disciples did actually worship Jesus and proclaim Him to be the Son of God… but only after Peter got back into the boat with Him.
When All is Calm… Will We Remember Who He Is?
The disciples chose to relate to Jesus in a familiar paradigm when they said,“…Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” How could it be that they had forgotten who He was? What was going on in their heads to make them forget exactly who Jesus, the Son of God was?
The disciples only had head-knowledge of Jesus as the Son of God—they had been witnesses to this revelation, but the knowledge of the revelation had not penetrated into their heart-of-hearts. Peter had internalized this revelation, so that when he came into direct contact with Jesus in the midst of the storm, he knew by faith that he was encountering a manifestation of Jesus, the Son of God.
How Will the Son of God Show Up Next?
So what are we to think about this Jesus of ours now? How exactly should we expect Him to show up next?
Are we ready to step out of our nice warm, dry earthly ways of knowing exactly how we should expect to see Jesus? Are we ready to get our feet wet when Jesus says, “Come”? Are we willing to meet with Him in His perfect timing, on His terms, and in the locations of His choosing?
Like many Christians today, we are embracing a greater degree of eager expectancy as the storms in the world are raging in these end times. Are we poised to catch the next wave of God?
Will Jesus, the Son of Man, come as John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, or another of the prophets of old? Will we recognize His voice, or should we look for a sign?
We must be ready to receive Jesus with open hearts and minds—to step past the ordinary, into the supernatural realm of the extraordinary—to develop our spiritual ears to hear His voice above the crowd and our spiritual eyes to see Him when all others seem to be blinded. This will only come through spending time with our Father in Heaven—learning to see His face and to hear His voice in every situation.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss the day of our visitation, even if it means taking that first step out of the comfort zone of the boat and walking directly into the storm tossed waters.
As we learn by Peter’s example, we must be ready to accept Jesus on His own terms—when, where and however He wishes to show up next—wearing the wardrobe color of His choice. We must be ready to step out of our present comfort zones of expectancy, and step over into the Heavenly reality of His Kingdom. This will be the place where we will indeed find Jesus as the Son of God—in His Glory—where flesh and blood will not reveal this to us, but our Father who is in Heaven.