Jesus instructs his disciples to go ahead of him in a boat to Bethsaida while he dismisses the multitude and goes up a mountain to pray.
As evening approaches, the disciples struggle against the wind in the middle of the sea while Jesus remains alone on land. Jesus sees their struggle and walks on the water towards them, intending to pass by. When the disciples see him, they become afraid and mistake him for a ghost. However, Jesus reassures them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” He then joins them in the boat, and miraculously, the wind ceases. Amazed, the disciples marvel at this display of power. They had not fully grasped the significance of the feeding of the multitude earlier, possibly due to hardened hearts.
After Jesus walks on water, they arrive in the land of Gennesaret, where the people immediately recognize Jesus. News spreads throughout the region, and people bring the sick on beds to wherever Jesus is. They implore him to let them touch the hem of his garment, and as many as do so are healed.