Matthew 14:22–24 – "Into the Storm" – J. P. Kang

Questions for Reflection:

1. Following an impactful experience, Jesus goes away by himself to pray (v. 23; see also v. 13)—what does this model for us who seek to follow him?

2. Jesus is the one who sends his followers into the storm, though of course they had no idea what was going to happen. What does that suggest about the unexpected trials and temptations we face in our lives? What is the good news for those of us who are running away from God (see Jonah 1)?

3. If the boat symbolizes the church (so Augustine), and the water and the wind are echos of Genesis 1, what are some of the creative possibilities for the church as it faces dangers?

4. Jesus humbled himself to participate in the storms of human existence (John 1:14; Philippians 2:7–8) and willingly entered the shadow of the valley of violent death at the cross. What does this tell us about the meaning of love?