Day 60: "It is I; Do Not Be Afraid"
By Reinhard Bonnke
 
Let's examine a passage in John Chapter 6, "Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them. Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing. So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. But He said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid." Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going." (John 6:16-20)
The disciples were rowing hard against wind and current in the darkness, when suddenly they saw a phantom figure gliding across the churning surface of the lake. Their fears doubled. Hardy men as they were, they shouted with terror. Then, above the howl of the winds, cutting across the spume came Christ's voice, "It is I; do not be afraid." (John 6:20)
 
Jesus was a carpenter or builder, not a seaman, but they knew that "with Christ in the vessel they can smile at the storm." He was and is the conqueror of devils and darkness. Till then, they were alone. (See John 6:22) That is what the multitude noticed. Jesus had such tremendous stature in their eyes that when the disciples went without Him, they were alone. They were a dozen weather-hardened fishermen together, boatmen, experts on familiar waters, but because Jesus was not with them, they were alone! They were worse than alone. They were lonely and in the dark.
 
If all of the six billion people on this planet had no Jesus, we would all be alone together, in the dark. This world would be as dreadful and lonely as winter in the ice-clad Antarctic. But He is there! Or rather—here! We are not alone in an unfriendly universe. We have a Friend, "I go to prepare a place for you...I will come again...that where I am, there you may be also." (John 14:3) Meanwhile? "Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:20)
 
He is here! He is with us! Jesus relieves the anxiety of us all. Even in a waterlogged old boat, clutched by hissing waves, the disciples were immediately relieved when Jesus said, "It is I, be not afraid." The words recorded in the Greek (ego eimi) are literally "I am." Because He is, we can feel safe! "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me." (Psalm 23:4) That is all we need to know.  
 
Then John adds that final touch: "Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going." (John 6:21) No doubt they were more than willing to take Him into the boat, but Mark 6:48 says He "would have passed them by." In other words, it was up to them. If they were willing, He would be with them. That is always the way of Jesus. He waits for our invitation. Give the Lord an invitation into your situation. He's the light in the darkness. He's the answer to every problem and He can calm any storm. With Him, we have nothing to fear.
 
Source: (Faith: The Link with God's Power. Faith for the Night.)