Bible side conversation 4: Jesus walks on the water

David O'Hagan
2 min readFeb 2, 2020

Side conversations that might have just happened in the Bible.

Note: This was actually the Bible passage that sparked the original idea for the Bible side conversations. The scene is pretty intense. There was a big storm and the disciples are in their boat, fearing for their lives. Jesus appeared to them and they thought he was a ghost, standing on the water. Then Jesus spoke just one word, “Come”, quite the command, to do something that isn’t humanly possible. And then Peter got out of the boat. There just had to have been something else that transpired between Jesus’s request and Peter’s stepping out of the boat.

Credit: Crossroads Initiative

Matthew 14:28–29
(With the potential side conversation in italics)

And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.”

Peter slowly sat down, his face with a bit of a shocked look on it. He mumbled something about opening his big mouth.

James and John snickered a little, but tried to be discreet.

“Dude” said John, “Give it a go! What have you got to lose? I’ll toss a net out if your chubby oversized feet don’t support you.”

Jesus, with the wind gently tossing his sun bleached locks of hair, rolled his eyes a little looking at John. And then made the circular let’s-get-going motion with his hand.

Peter slowly stood up, with one hand on the gunnel. Although it’s stormy and dark, his face had a pale white appearance.

The others sat staring at him, some smiling, some looking a bit nervous, one chewed his fingernails.

Peter avoided making eye contact with the others, swallowed deeply, and muttered “Oh Jesus…” under his breath as he lifted his left foot up slowly and swung it over the side of the boat.

So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.

We’ll be back soon with another Bible side conversation. What’s your favorite Bible story? And do you wonder what the side conversation might have been like?

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David O'Hagan

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