Do Not Be Afraid

It is I; do not be afraid

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JOHN 6:18-21  18 Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing. 19 So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. 20 But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21 Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.

Is this the full account or the abbreviated account?
The abbreviated. A fuller account is in Mark 6:47-51: "47 Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land. 48 Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. 49 And when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; 50 for they all saw Him and were troubled. But immediately He talked with them and said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” 51 Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled." And an even fuller account is in Matthew 14:23-33: "23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. 24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. 25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” 28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God."

How many miracles are in these accounts in John, Mark and Matthew?
At least six.

What are they?
1. Jesus saw them "straining at rowing" (Mark 6:48) even though they were "about three or four miles" (John 6:19) away and it was the middle "of the night." (Matthew 14:25)
2. Jesus walks "on the sea." (John 6:19, Mark 6:48, Matthew 14:25)
3. Jesus has Peter walk "on the water." (Matthew 14:29)
4. Jesus reaches out to Peter from a distance. Imagine yourself walking on water but starting to sink. If the person who can keep you from sinking is close by, you would just grab onto him or lunge to grab onto him; you wouldn't verbally request his help. The fact that Peter "cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:30) indicates that Jesus was some distance away, and indeed "stretched out His hand" to catch Peter. (Matthew 14:30)
5. Jesus ceases the wind. (Mark 6:51, Matthew 14:32)
6. Jesus took the boat from the "middle of the sea" (Matthew 14:24) to land “immediately”. (John 6:21)

When did Peter began to sink?
When he took his eyes off Jesus and instead focused on the adversity around him. (Matthew 14:30)

What three lessons can we draw from this?
1. When all hell breaks lose around you, keep your focus locked onto Jesus.
2. Instead of praying for the waves and the winds to die down, ask Jesus to enable you to keep walking.
3. "Straining at rowing" (Mark 6:48) without Jesus onboard is futile.

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