But, you ask, what about Peter? He stepped out of the boat. Surely we should be like him?! Well, maybe not. Three of the Gospels tell us of Jesus walking on the water, yet only Matthew mentions what Peter did, which suggests that Peter’s role wasn’t the most important part of what was going on. For, you see, this miracle is all about Jesus and points us to Him, not Peter. It’s Jesus who is at the centre.
And what does Matthew really tell us about Peter anyway? Does he tell us that this was a fantastic thing that Peter did and that all the other disciples should really have done the same thing? Does he urge us to follow Peter’s example? No, not at all!