- John 6:16-20
- John 6:16 (KJB)
- And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto
- Even - Evening - From sunset to about 9:00 PM
- At this point the disciples had gone down to the Sea of Galilee and it
was probably late evening on the edge of night when they had arrived at the
sea. Jesus had stayed behind so that He would-be able to make sure the
multitude had dispersed and went their way after the feeding of the 5,000.
- John 6:17 (KJB)
- And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it
was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them.
- Going from Bethsaida to Capernaum would have been a short trip but
nevertheless it was going to be another lesson the disciples would learn
about Jesus. Notice the Scripture tells us that it is dark. Whenever Jesus
is not present there will always be darkness. Those in religions that reject
the Lord Jesus Christ will remain in darkness. Notice that it is Jesus who
comes to them and not the other way around.
(Ezek 34:11 KJV) For thus saith the Lord GOD;
Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.
The Lord states in Ezekiel 34:20 a mighty spiritual
principle that He is the one who will search out and seek His sheep.
(Rom 3:11 KJV) There is none that
understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
Romans 3:11 states that no one seeks after God and
therefore God is the one who will seek out His sheep for salvation. The name
“Capernaum” means “city of comfort” or “field of repentance.” As the
disciples were in the dark, there was no way they could know where to find
comfort or repentance, both of which are tenets of true salvation through
- John 6:18 (KJB)
- And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew.
- Arose - Wake up thoroughly, was rough, excite, or stir up
- It is interesting that the word “arose” speaks about the sea waking up.
There are weather occurrences which normally happen, even over these small
lakes in remote areas. However, this occurrence seems to be timed too well
for coincidence. As soon as they entered the ship and left port, the sea
began to stir up. The disciples were experienced fishermen but this storm
seemed to be especially violent. Since this was another teaching situation
for the disciples and us, Jesus was probably the one who commanded the sea
to begin to be stirred up, just as commanded the waters to be peaceful. Just
as He knew what He was going to do concerning the feeding of the 5,000, He
also knew what He was going to shortly do with His disciples.
- John 6:19 (KJB)
- 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.
- Rowed - Driving, urging, or impelling - It denotes driving like one is
driving off stolen horses
- Furlongs - About 1/8 of a mile (660 feet - 220 meters)
- Afraid - Fearful, terrified, or frightened
- The disciples would have been out in the water between 3 - 4 miles. The
word “rowed” carries with it the idea that they were rowing vehemently
trying to manage the ship in the storm so there would be no loss of life or
ship. According to Mark, the time was about 3-4 AM. So they would have been
on the water in the darkest time of the night. In the midst of this raging
storm, they had seen Jesus walking on the water and they were afraid. Now
the word “afraid” carries with it the idea of being terrified. They were not
so much as fearful of the storm because it is something which they were used
to, all of their lives being fisherman. However, in the midst of that storm,
they see Jesus walking on the water heading toward them. According to Mark’s
account, they thought that it was a spirit heading toward them. This verse
contains a great spiritual lesson in that we see the sea which became so
very rough which can happen to any believer as we face rough times which
seem to throw us back and forth, just like a ship on the water. As
Christians we can always count on Jesus coming to us and walking on the
water, which is like saying, that Jesus is above our circumstances and will
never allow us to sink. The Christian can live above their circumstances
because they are in Christ and therefore we never have to worry about being
tossed around like a ship on the sea or being drowned in our circumstances.
Christ comes to us in the midst of the storm.
- John 6:20 (KJB)
- But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid.
- Jesus then comforted His disciples by confirming that it was Him and
that they should not be afraid. John is giving us an insight that Jesus is
the Creator and that He is not bound by natural laws. Now the other accounts
reveal that Peter came to the Lord walking on the water but John’s gospel
keeps the focus upon the Lord Jesus Christ and His deity. This is what the
whole essence of the Gospel of John is all about and the other three
gospels, show much more personal interaction between Jesus and His