Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. 48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 50 because they all saw him and were terrified.
Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, 52 for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.
53 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there. 54 As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus. 55 They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.
Jesus had an interesting robe. We always picture Him in flowing white sheets. But No.
His robe was useful. Fluid. A knitted single piece, starting at the top and continuing until the robe was finished. Someone was thinking a lot of Jesus to make this garment. The knitter was making the statement that Jesus started from the Top and worked down.
Jesus worked like this -
1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my Spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
2 He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
3 a bruised reed he will not break,
and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
4 He will not grow faint or be discouraged
till he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his law.
His disciples were afraid. In a turbulent time - fear was present about Death - ghosts and being abandoned by Jesus suddenly. Jesus did not sit down and lecture the disciples about fear in the lack of salvation.
Fear is not a method Jesus uses for His works. Usually people are afraid just from encountering God and finding Him so wide and long and high. God is Vast.
Jesus healed and touched. Jesus understood people want to be shown, starting in their thinking, comforting them from their "top" to the hem of His garment.
1 John 4:17
By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.
John spoke of the Man he knew and walked with, as Love.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
Father God, help us to do as Jesus would do. Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †