Don’t Be Afraid, It Is I
John 6: 16-21
When evening came, Jesus’ disciples went down to the lake, got into a boat, and went back across the lake toward Capernaum. Night came on, and Jesus still had not come to them.
By then a strong wind was blowing and stirring up the water.
The disciples had rowed about three or four miles when they saw Jesus walking on the water, coming near the boat, and they were terrified.
“Don’t be afraid,” Jesus told them, “It is I!”
Then they willingly took him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached land at the place they were heading for.
Mark 6: 45-52
At once Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go ahead of him to Bethsaida, on the other side of the lake, while he sent the crowd away.
After saying goodbye to the people, he went away to a hill to pray.
When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the lake, while Jesus was alone on land.
He saw that his disciples were straining at the oars, because they were rowing against the wind; so sometime between three and six o’clock in the morning, he came to them, walking on the water. He was going to pass them by, but they saw him walking on the water. “It’s a ghost! they thought, and screamed.
They were all terrified when they saw him. Jesus spoke to them at once, “Courage!” he said. “It is I. Don’t be afraid!”
Then he got into the boat with them and the win died down. The disciples were completely amazed, because they had not understood the real meaning of the feeding of the five thousand; their minds could not grasp it.
Matthew 14: 28-32
Then Peter spoke up. “LORD, if it is really you, order me to come out on the water with you.”
“Come!” answered Jesus. So Peter got out of the boat and started walking on the water to Jesus.
But when he noticed the strong wind, he was afraid and started to sink down in the water. “Save me, LORD!” he cried.
At once Jesus reached out and grabbed hold of him and said, “What little faith you have! Why did you doubt?”
They both got into the boat, and the wind died down.
Then the disciples in the boat worshipped Jesus. “Truly you are the Son of GOD!” they exclaimed.