In Romans 10: 4-15 St Paul explains how it is that people who are not Jewish have access to the salvation that comes from the God of Israel. The Israelites were told that if they obeyed the Laws of God, that would mean
life for them; but Paul explains that there is only one way to fully keep those Laws – by trusting in Christ, who has fulfilled that old Covenant law. If they’d had eyes to see and ears to hear, that was always how God was
going to save them.
They didn’t, but salvation is still open to them through Christ: “If you declare with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” As the Old Testament scripture said: ‘Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame’, quotes Paul.
For there is no difference between Jew and gentile – the same Lord is Lord
of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for “Everyone who calls on
the name of the Lord will be saved’.
In Matthew 14: 22-36 Jesus’ disciples are completely astounded when they see
him walking toward them on water. In their defence, it’s a wild night, it’s
around 2 in the morning, and Jewish people had a negative view of the sea.
But they are afraid.
Perhaps Peter was thinking: “How can I be sure this is the real Jesus, and
not some ‘ghost’, bodiless spirit or demon? If he can command someone I know
is flesh and blood to stand on the water, such as me, then maybe I could be
sure!” So he tried it.
When Jesus caught the sinking Peter, he accused him of doubting – that this
was Jesus, that Jesus could keep him safe on the water, even in a storm.
Peter tested Jesus, and found him completely reliable, completely
extraordinary, completely powerful. And so, the disciples decided, he was
‘truly the Son of God’ – worthy of being worshiped.