17. Jesus Walks on Water
Rudolph Bostic (1944- )
Enamel house paint on cardboard
27 1/4 x 24 3/4
Encased in a border of yellow and orange waving pattern, Rudolph Bostic has imagined the story of
Jesus Walking on Water occurring on a turbulent evening sea. As the other disciples look on from the
safety of the fishing boat, Peter jumps overboard into the Sea of Galilee to meet his Savior. Just as Peter
realizes what he has done, Jesus raises his arms in a gesture of praise and assurance. The vibrant colors
and tumultuous activity add to the excitement and drama of the event.
Matthew 14: 22-33
22Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side,
while he dismissed the crowd. 23After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself
to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24but the boat was already a considerable distance
from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 25During the fourth watch of the
night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26When the disciples saw him walking on the lake,
they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear. 27But Jesus immediately said to them:
"Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." 28"Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the
water." 29"Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward
Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!"
31Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you
doubt?" 32And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33Then those who were in the
boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."