And They Were Afraid…

February 10, 2022

After they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea. He was coming near the boat, and they were afraid.

John 6:19

Written by Roger Severino from the Brentwood Campus

With No Jesus in Sight…

Coming from an exhausting day of feeding thousands through the miracle of loaves and fishes, Jesus withdraws to a mountain to escape the crowds and find some much-needed rest.

Later that evening with no Jesus in sight, the disciples get into a boat and row three or four miles to the middle of the Sea of Galilee. Verse 18 describes, “A high wind arose, and the sea began to churn.” Suddenly, an apparition appears, a figure they cannot make out in the dark. This mysterious thing keeps getting closer and closer, and they were afraid…

Rather, they were terrified!

When Fear Appears

I can relate to fear. Can you? As I child, I was convinced there was something in the closet or under my bed. Sometimes, I was fearful—after watching a movie about Charles Manson—that my home was no longer safe from the outside world.

Not all those nighttime fears disappear as an adult, but they can expand to other areas. Fear of people who seem to have all the power to do you harm. Or fear that your addictions will overtake you. Maybe it’s the fear that you will be alone. Fear that you don’t measure up. It’s the fear that your hopes and dreams will always remain elusive.

In Our Darkest Hour

Just like in this story, it is often in our darkest hour that Jesus shows up. He speaks to our fears. He offers us His peace. Perhaps in our own way we have been rowing away from Him, but He chases us down

Just like He said to the disciples: “Be not afraid. It is I.”

Now What?

Take a moment to consider the fears do you have in your life? How does Jesus speak to these fears? Can you feel how His presence makes a difference? How can Jesus help you overcome today’s greatest fear?

Related Resources

How to Overcome Fear and Trust Jesus When You Are Afraid

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