This miracle comes on the heels of feeding the 5,000.
The crowds were understandably impressed with both Jesus’ teaching, miracles, and provision! John tells us, in verse 15, that the crowd was ready to force Jesus to be their King. But that wasn’t why He came, and He knew that their motives were not pure. They wanted an earthly king who would deliver them from the oppression of Rome and satisfy their every physical need. Jesus said to the fickle crowd, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with Me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you.” John 6:26-27 (NLT).
As Jesus slipped away into the hills, the disciples went down to the shore to wait for Him. Since it was getting dark and Jesus had not returned, they got into the boat and headed across the lake. It wasn’t long before they found themselves in the midst of a fierce storm on the lake. John tells us that Jesus came walking to them, in the storm, on the water!
Imagine being in the boat with those disciples. I would have been as terrified as they were! But Jesus calls out to them, “Don’t be afraid, I am here!” In the language of the New Testament, Jesus uses the very name of God. He says, “Don’t be afraid, The I AM is here!” Wow! When they let Him in the boat, the Bible says they immediately arrived at their destination!
If you’re going through a storm in your life, take comfort in knowing that your Savior will come to you and bring you to your destination. The great I AM is with you!