READING: 1 Kings 12-13, John 6:16-37
The words of Jesus seem almost contradictory. He had sent His disciples into a boat on the sea, and they faced a violent storm. Jesus came walking on the sea to them, and the combined gospel accounts tell us they thought He was only a ghost. Thus, they were frightened. As Jesus made His way to them, He spoke the phrases that seem to contradict each other: “It is I. Don’t be afraid” (John 6:20).
Think about the contrast. He was Jesus, the One who is the Word. He made everything that was made. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. He turns water into wine, and He’s the Lord over the Temple. He is a teacher come from God—the One who knows everything we’ve ever done. He can heal the sick, feed the hungry, and walk on the water. He’s not just another teacher.
In fact, He’s the almighty, perfect Son of God—and we have reason to fear Him. He deserves our respect, our awe, and our allegiance.
Still, though, He also spoke these words to His disciples: “Don’t be afraid.” His disciples on that boat didn’t need to fear Him; they needed to trust Him as their Lord and friend. He came to them in the midst of their fear in the stormy waters, and He directed them to safety. You and I need to live in awe of Christ, but we need not fear when He’s with us.
PRAYER: “Jesus, thank You for coming to us. Take away my fear by Your presence.”
TOMORROW’S READING: 1 Kings 14-16, John 6:38-71