Daily Scriptures

Wednesday, May 27: It is I; don’t be afraid

 

JohnIn the Gospel of John, Jesus emphasizes his own divine nature, and the book features a number of his "I Am" statements. Join with us as we venture through one section of this glorious gospel.

Read John 6:16-24

When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. But he said to them, "It is I; don't be afraid." Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.

The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples, but that they had gone away alone. Then some boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus.

 

Reflect

That evening after Jesus had miraculously fed the 5,000, his disciples headed back by boat to their home base in Capernaum. There in the middle of the Sea of Galilee, fighting rough water, they experienced another incredible miracle and heard Jesus' reassuring words: "It is I; don't be afraid." This miracle powerfully affirmed for the disciples that Jesus was indeed the Son of God.

Respond

Whatever storm you face today, you can have both the assurance that Jesus is present with you and the encouragement that you don't need to be afraid. Take a moment to pray, and put today's specific circumstances in God's hands, trusting him to give you what you need to meet those challenges.

 

 

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