“When they saw Him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; for they all saw Him and were terrified. Immediately He spoke with them and said, “Have courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.””(Mark 6:49–50 HCSB)

Three a.m.

On the sea.

In a storm.

Not good.

The disciples were in fear, as any of us would have been as well.  The boat could have easily been swamped as they tried to row and in the storm their very lives were at stake.

Along comes Jesus “walking on the sea!”  This is not something that they expected or anticipated or even had contemplated as in the range of possibility, so of course they thought he was a ghost.

Jesus speaks words.  They are no longer terrified.  His presence and words are enough.

Have courage.  It is I (not a ghost). Don’t be afraid.

The antidote to whatever fear we have is here.  Jesus’ presence: “I am here.”  Jesus’ words: “Don’t be afraid.’  Was there any reason to be afraid when they knew that the wind and waves were obedient to this Man?