SUMMARY OF JOHN 6:16-21
After feeding the 5,000, the disciples got in a boat headed to Capernaum. A strong wind blew, and the waters were rough. Jesus approached the boat, walking on water. They were frightened, but Jesus said don’t be afraid. Jesus got in the boat, and they arrived.
BSF Study Questions John’s Gospel: The Truth Lesson 8, Day 5: John 6:16-21
13a) They were facing a storm, and their boat was going nowhere. It could have been in danger of tipping. Jesus appears in the storm, and they were unsure if it was him.
b) He calmed the storm and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.
c) They were afraid. Unsure if it was Jesus.
14a) “It is I; don’t be afraid.”
b) They took Jesus into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading. Jesus solved their problems immediately.
15) God shows up when you least expect it. God can solve any problems. God is there in our troubles. God can ensure we get to where we’re going. God protects us. God provides.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions John’s Gospel: The Truth Lesson 8, Day 5: John 6:16-21
I love how Jesus shows up when you least expect it, and he has all of the answers. In our deepest needs, he is there.
End Notes BSF Study Questions John’s Gospel: The Truth Lesson 8, Day 5: John 6:16-21
Matthew and Mark explain that Jesus had instructed His disciples to get into the boat and row (Mark 6:45).
John does not record the first time Jesus calmed the storm. (Matthew 8:24). The difference is Jesus was with them that time. Now, the disciples must trust in Jesus’ spiritual presence.
Rowing by hand against the wind was yielding little progress for the disciples.
Matthew 14:25 lets us know that the disciples had been rowing for hours now with little progress.
As you can imagine, the disciples were frustrated. However, Jesus was watching them the entire time. Mark 6:48 He had not forgotten them and was protecting them.
We know the disciples thought Jesus to be a ghost Mark 6:49-50, which is reasonable. What human walks on water? Mark adds that Jesus had hoped his mere appearance would give them courage.
“It is I” is Jesus reassuring his disciples of his presence, which is sufficient. Here is when Peter did walk on water, too. Matthew 14:28-32
Jesus was asked/received to get into the boat. We must accept Jesus always. Then, he solves their problem immediately. If we ask for Jesus’ help, we should not be surprised when it arrives soon.
This miracle reassured the disciples of who Jesus was.
At precisely the right time, Jesus came to his disciples.
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