Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Title: It is I. Do not be afraid.
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong
Matthew 14:22-27, 32-33
22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”… 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
In this passage, we know that Jesus has been with his disciples for some time. They have seen him perform miracles of casting out demons and healing the sick; they have heard his teaching; they have been out themselves on a mission; and just before this passage is an account of a great miracle on feeding the multitude. We might ask how the disciples did not know who Jesus was when they saw him walking toward them on the sea! We learn that the disciples were in a very challenging situation, they were struggling with the great wind storm, and beaten by the waves. They tried their best with their own strength to overcome their difficulties, and Jesus was the last person they would consider who would come to help them.
However, Jesus walked through the great storm and walked on the sea to come to His beloved disciples. Jesus proclaimed to them in verse 27 “It is I” which in Greek literally means “I AM”. Jesus identifies himself as the God who is and was and always will be. HE is the God who appeared to Moses in the burning bush (Exodus 3:13-14), and this is the God who reassured people in exile that they hadn’t been abandoned (e.g. Isaiah 41:4; 46:4; 51:12). In verse 33, after the disciples set their eyes on Jesus, and witnessed another great miracle of Jesus’ divine power, the disciples, declared “Truly you are the Son of God.”
How about us? Let us not to forget that Jesus is truly the Son of God. HE will always be with us and will come to help us. Let us always set our eyes on Jesus and abide in Him regardless our situation.
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for your WORD reminding us who you are, and how much you love us. Help us in our everyday walk to realize you are with us and for us. Lead us daily to set our eyes on you and abide in you. Thank you Lord Jesus! In your precious name we pray. Amen.
22 耶稣随即催门徒上船，先渡到那边去，等他叫众人散开。23 散了众人以后，他就独自上山去祷告。到了晚上，只有他一人在那里。24 那时船在海中，因风不顺，被浪摇撼。25 夜里四更天，耶稣在海面上走，往门徒那里去。26 门徒看见他在海面上走，就惊慌了，说：“是个鬼怪。” 便害怕，喊叫起来。27 耶稣连忙对他们说：“你们放心。是我，不要怕！”…… 32 他们上了船，风就住了。33 在船上的人都拜他，说：“你真是神的儿子了。”
然而，耶稣却穿越大风暴，在海上行走，来到祂所爱的门徒那里。在第27节，耶稣向他们宣告 “是我”，希腊语字面意思是 “我是”（I AM）。耶稣表明自己就是那位现在、过去、将来永远都存在的上帝。祂 是在燃烧的荆棘中向摩西显现的上帝(出埃及记3:13-14)，也是向流亡的人保证他们没有被离弃的上帝(例如，以赛亚书41:4；46:4；51:12)。第33节，门徒们看见了耶稣，目睹了耶稣神圣能力的另一个大神迹，门徒宣告 “你真是神的儿子了。”