John 6: 20
Jesus’ words of cheer “It is I, be not afraid,” is stilling ringing out and going forth in our day of storms and tempest to help and bless us along life’s adventures.
Many years ago we set afloat on the stormy sea of life, yet we must always remember and keep in mind what Jesus has done for each of us along life’ voyage.
He has done many miracles of mercy and power, and we have seen his goodness all along the way. How wonderful it is to know that our Saviour never sleeps nor slumbers “He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:he that keepeth thee will not slumber.”(Ps.124:3) and in the hour of our need he will emerge. Never is their a time that Jesus is not with us, “Lo, I an with you alway, even unto the end of the world” (Mt.28:20) even when we cannot recognize him in the events and circumstances that surround us “He made as though he would have gone further.”(Lk.24:28)
There is no voice which can rise above the storms of life, to soothe the spirit and hush the turmoil, save the voice of Jesus “It is I, fear not”
It is Jesus who watches over us through out our life. The disciples did not understand that Jesus was watching over them from the land by the moon light of the night as the vessel struggle with the tempest“He saw them toiling and rowing for the wind was contrary.” (Mk.6:48)
Jesus always knows how things are with his people (Jh.11) He new the condition that Mary and Martha was experiencing in their life, yes he was on his way to solve their problem. So does Jesus ever watch our course over the waters of life, yes, with especial interest when that course is one of peril.
Jesus knows when to linger and delay. Although Jesus knew the condition of his disciples, he did not at once come to deliver them. Perhaps he waits to try there faith, and to make his appearance the more welcome. There are times we have the idea that our Lord is same what careless about our state of anxiety and our danger “Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.” (Jh.11:21)
We must keep in mind that Jesus does not think as we so often think, Christ has his own reason for delay “for my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are yours my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thought than your thoughts” (Is.55:7,8)
It is Jesus who loves us eternally and everlastingly. There is know time that Christ will ever stop loving us regardless of who we are, are what we may be.
The woman at Jacob’s well found that Christ loved her regardless of her life’s action “Come see a man, which told me all things that ever I did, is not this the Christ?” (Jh.4:29)
Christ’s kindness may not always show itself in the way which would be acceptable to us. Yet his kindness shall not depart from us, he loves us with an everlasting love “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” (Jer.31:3)
If there is a time when his heart yearns over his belittled children, that time is the season of affliction, calamity and fearfulness. It is Jesus who will always come to our need. At the right moment Jesus drew near. The voice of the Beloved was heard above the storm, assuring the disciples he was near. “It is I, be not afraid,” (v.20)
he very presence of Christ brought hope and assurance to the hearts of his disciples “Then they willingly received him into the ship: (v.21) Christ will always come to his needy and afflicted ones, those with tempest, and in need of comforted “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea; I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Is. 41:10)
t is Jesus who will save us and daily keep us by his power. Christ is the Lord of nature, and all natures power are subject to his control “And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm”(Mk.4:39)
Christ is the friend of man, and every heart may be reached by his love and cheered by his grace. Jesus who has all power in heaven and earth is able to bring the soul he has redeemed from the depths of earthly danger and of fear into the calm of heavenly security and tranquility“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also.” (Jh.14:3)