John 6:16-21 – It is I

John 6:16-21
16
And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea,
17 And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them.
18 And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew.
19 So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid.
20 But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid.
21 Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.

-I like how Jesus introduces Himself here to put His disciples at ease.  He doesn’t say “It is Jesus”, simply “It is I” and immediately the disciples recognized Him.  This is even more poignant when we consider that they had already seen Jesus walking on the water and that sight made them afraid.  They didn’t understand what they saw but they immediately recognized what they heard.  In John 10:27, Jesus tells us that “when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.”  There’s plenty about the Lord that’s beyond our knowledge and understanding, things that would overwhelm us and even terrify us.  On the day you finally see Him, you may not even recognize Him.  But if you’ve trusted the Lord for salvation, you’ll know His voice when you hear it.

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