John 6:16-21 ESV
16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21 Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.
I. BEFORE THE STORM
A. Our habit is to prefer the safety of the shore but there is nothing safe about Jesus.
II. ON THE WATER, IN THE STORM
A. Life is full of storms and Satanic attacks.
B. Jesus actually sends us into the storm to remind us we can trust Him and to shape us into His image.
III. THE POWER OF THE WATER WALKER IN OUR BOAT
A. As long as Jesus in our boat, the darkness and storms cannot overtake us.
B. Without Jesus in the boat, the best we can do is struggle but never arrive.
C. Jesus’ power over the storm is seen in His walking on water and when He gets in our boat all fear of the storm is gone.
IV. AFTER THE STORM, ON THE OTHER SHORE
1. As we move from fear to faith we reach the other shore and at the end of our lives we are wet, worn-out, and grateful.
2. We have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7).