READ : John 6:16-21
They saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat. (v. 13)
C.S. Lewis said, “We are promised suffering. It is part of the program.” He’s right.
Following Jesus does not exempt us from storms and trials.
The disciples had followed Christ’s instruction to the letter and yet they ran into a
threatening storm. But it was into that frightening situation that Jesus came, proving his
love, as he proved his power by stilling the storm. His coming was miraculous—he
walked to them on the lake.
The parallel accounts in the other Gospels describe their terror in seeing a man
approaching them on the water. But Jesus reassured them: “It is I. Do not be afraid” (v.
20). Only then did fears subside. Jesus spent three years hammering that lesson home, but
the disciples were slow learners. It wasn’t until they had faced problems, hostility, even
death threats, that they truly learned what Jesus is eager for all his followers to grasp:
because he is with us, we need never fear.
Years later, Peter would write, “Cast your anxieties on [God], because he cares for
you” (1 Peter 5:8). This apostle had finally learned the lesson, so let us listen when
Peter commends his miracle-working Savior of infinite power and unwavering love to each of
Lord, when the winds of adversity howl, may we never forget our Emmanuel is