What Does Matthew 14:33 Mean?

Then those in the boat worshiped Him and said, "Truly You are the Son of God!"

Matthew 14:33(HCSB)

Verse Thoughts

The disciples had just seen the Lord Jesus feed 5000 men with a few small loaves and fishes, walk right to the middle of the Sea of Galilee on the surface of the water to join the disciples on their fishing boat, give Peter the authority and power to walk on water himself - and then witness him being rescued from drowning by the strong arm of the Lord Jesus when his faith failed! No wonder that all those in the boat were in filled with wonder and amazement, and worshipped the Lord Jesus saying: "Truly, You are the Son of God."

In a few short hours, the disciples perception of Who the Lord Jesus was had been considerably enlarged. Their understanding of His God-given authority over nature had markedly widened, and the kingly authority of His Messianic claims was dramatically expanded.

When Christ had stilled the storm, some time before, the question that they asked among themselves was: "What manner of man is this.. that even the winds and waves obey Him?" But what they witnessed on the Galilean lake that day, caused them to cry out with one voice, "Truly, You are the Son of God," and we read that "those on the boat worshipped Him."

Many today refuse to consider the countless times that Jesus confirmed to a watching world that He was God incarnate, the Word of God made flesh, very God yet truly Man. But here we see yet one more undeniable example of Christ proclaiming His divine status, for the disciples worshipped Him, and throughout Scripture we read that God alone is to be worshipped and glorified.

In Exodus we read: "You shall have no other gods before Me," and in Isaiah we read: "I am the Lord! That is my name! I will not share my glory with another." The Lord Jesus Himself also cried out in His temptations: "You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only," and throughout the holy Scriptures, we discover the severe admonishment to worship no one but the Lord God of Israel - the Creator of heaven and earth.

Yet in this singular moment, when His disciples were finally starting to realise the significance of Who the Lord Jesus truly was we read: "Those in the boat worshiped Him and said, 'Truly You are the Son of God!'" One more of the foundational stones of understanding had been laid in the lives of Christ's disciples, in preparation for the day what they would cry out in union: "My Lord and my God."

My Prayer

Dear Lord, thank You that You are my Lord and my God. You stripped Yourself of Your heavenly glory to bring salvation to a lost and dying world. You humbled Yourself by becoming a man so that You could live a perfect life, die a sacrificial death, and rise again the third day so that sinners such as I may be saved by grace through faith in You and live a victorious life through the power of the Holy Spirit. May I live all the days of my life to Your praise and glory, AMEN.

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