|Yongsung Kim, Walking on Water|
He plants his footsteps in the sea,And rides upon the storm.
-- William Cowper, "Light Shining out of Darkness"
|Chosen as instantly recognizable examples of miracles|
(Two of them really happened!)
This parallel and contrast -- that Moses and Jesus both miraculously crossed the sea on foot, but in strikingly different ways -- has to be part of the meaning of this episode in the Gospel and must be borne in mind as we attempt an interpretation.
 When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.
 And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea,  And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them.
 And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid.
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. . . . And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. . . . And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so (Genesis 1:2, 6, 9).
 But he saith unto them, "It is I; be not afraid." Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.
 The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone away alone;  (Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks:) When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, "Rabbi, when camest thou hither?"