Matthew 14:31 (ANIV)
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
TIME OF DAY:
“during the fourth watch”; between the hours of three and six in the morning.
There is very early morning sunlight, coming from the left of the picture, which is illuminating the scene. Notice Jesus’ sleeves & hair have yellow sunlight o there edges. The yellow sunlight is also visible as a feint yellow glow in the clouds.
The lamp at the top of the mast casts a warm yellow glow on the mast, sails & disciples below.
Jesus is reaching out & grabbing Simon/Peter, who is disappearing into the sea. Some of Jesus’ other disciples are looking from the boat. From left to right, they are: Judas Iscariot, (holding an oar & scowling at Jesus & Simon/Peter!), Matthew/Levi, looking green with seasickness!, Thomas/Didymus (doubting, as he is famous for!) & Philip. On the right of the boat we have John, son of Zebedee (& brother of James), Andrew & James, son of Zebedee (brother of John) who is holding another oar.
This was originally the single scene which told this story, drawn in July 2010. I have now (May 2013) added the other scenes to complete the set & tell this story more fully.
I like the way Jesus is standing on the water, with reflections of his robes under him. Simon/Peter is looking terrified as he sinks in the water, but Jesus’ cheerful smile will give him confidence as he grabs Simon/Peter’s wrist & stops him from sinking any further.
The other disciples are looking concerned, awed, doubtful, or alarmed.
By the way, the fish is a red herring!