He [Jesus] said to them, "It is I; don’t be afraid." Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading. John 6:20-21
Jesus comes to his disciples to comfort them in one of their worst nightmares — a storm on the sea. He literally tells them, "I Am; do not be afraid." Two key things are here for us to notice: First, Jesus uses a name ("I Am") that identifies himself with God who delivered Moses and the Israelites from Egypt. Second, he uses a surprisingly frequent command found throughout the Bible: "Don’t be afraid." When we are willing to invite Jesus into our lives during the middle of our storms and messes, he not only says, "I Am; don’t be afraid!" but he also helps us find our way to our most important destination, ultimate deliverance.