When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
- Matthew 14:26
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Man Walks On Water
I took a drive to Great Kills Harbor, in Staten Island, to capture a time lapse of the setting sun that rides low in the sky this time of year.
During my shoot, off in the distance, I saw what appeared to be a man walking on water. I captured him as he effortlessly glided towards me on the warm reflections of the golden setting sun over the cool harbor waters before me.
It was one of those rare magical moments when all the elements intersect one another. I find when you can sit still long enough and quiet your mind you are brought to a convergence point through which beauty organically emerges.
When you are a witnessing presence to this phenomenon you can't help but feel an overwhelming sense of deep gratitude and happiness.
The following gallery is a compilation of videos, still images, oil paint renderings, and animated gif images all captured during the day of this time lapse.
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Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday Wishes to everyone.
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When Jesus Walked On Water
Jesus walking on water is one of the miracles attributed to Jesus in the New Testament. There are accounts of this in three of the Gospels.
This story, following the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand, tells how Jesus sent the disciples by ship back to the other side of the Sea of Galilee while he remained behind, alone, to pray. Night fell and the sea arose as the ship became caught in a wind storm. After rowing against the wind most of the night, the disciples saw Jesus walking on the sea. They were frightened, thinking they were seeing a spirit, but when Jesus told them not to be afraid, they were reassured. After Jesus entered the ship, the wind ceased, and they arrived at land. According to the version in the Gospel of Matthew, Peter "walked on the water" towards Jesus, but he became afraid, began to sink, and Jesus rescued him.
Christian teachings consider the episode a miracle intended to show the importance of faith, and the control of Jesus over nature. Biblical scholars view the story as playing a part in the assertion of the divinity of Jesus among early Christians. In this view, it is seen as a demonstration that God the Father is willing to share divine power with Jesus.
Jesus walking on water appears in the gospels of Mark and is repeated in the Gospel of Matthew, but is left out of the Gospel of Luke. It also appears in the Gospel of John.
In all three gospels it follows the narrative of the feeding of the 5000, where Jesus had withdrawn by ship to a desert place "belonging to" Bethsaida after hearing of the death of John the Baptist, but was followed by the crowds on foot.
In all three accounts, during the evening the disciples got into a ship to cross to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, without Jesus who went up the mountain to pray alone. John alone specifies they were headed "toward Capernaum". During the journey on the sea the disciples were distressed by wind and waves, but saw Jesus walking towards them on the sea. John alone specified that they were five or six kilometers away from their departure point. The disciples were startled to see Jesus, but he told them not to be afraid.
Matthew's account adds that Peter asked to come unto Jesus on the water. After Peter came down out of the ship and walked on the water, he became afraid of the storm and began to sink. He called out to Jesus for help. Jesus caught him and reproved him for his lack of faith, and led him back to the ship, whereupon the storm stopped. Matthew also notes that the disciples called Jesus the Son of God. The fact that the John account also lacks this details suggests that it is a redactional addition by Matthew.
In all three accounts, after Jesus got into the ship, the wind ceased and they reached the shore. Only John's account has their ship immediately reach the shore. Matthew's and Mark's accounts end at this point, but John mentions that the next day some people from the other side of the sea that looked for Jesus, noted that the disciples left without him, but they didn't know where he went. When they came to Capernaum and asked Jesus how he came there, instead of answering the question, he told the crowd that they followed him – not because they had seen signs – but because of the free loaves they had eaten the day before, and he advised them not to seek earthly gains, but aim for a life based on higher spiritual values.
“You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” - Matthew 14:31
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