When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17 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. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” 21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.
22 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. 23 Then some boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 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. (John 6:16–24, NIV)
So just how afraid would you be if you saw someone approaching your boat out on the lake in the midst of a storm?
Why do you think Jesus did not initially join his disciples for their trip across the lake to Capernaum?
Does just telling someone not to be afraid prevent them from being afraid? Why or why not? What needs to be a component of that person’s statement to really prevent fear in others?
Why do you think John includes this statement about the crowds going to search for Jesus? In what ways does it change our perspective of him?