Bible Study John Chapter 6 Verses 15-24
John 6-15 – When Jesus, therefore, perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone. The people saw the miracles Jesus performed and they believed that He was the prophet that had been prophesized that would come. They perceived Him as a prophet rather than the Son of God and wanted to make Him a king. They saw Him as an earthly King rather than the King of Kings meaning King above every earthly king and king over everything that tries to dominate. Every King rules his kingdom, and all kingdoms are subjected to the King of Kings.
John 6:16 – And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea. The evening had come and Jesus’ disciples went down to the sea. In Mark 6:45 we discover that the disciples went to the sea because Jesus compelled them to do so (And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go the other side before [before him unto Bethsaida, while he sent the people [multitude. Jesus sent His disciples away so that He could constrain the multitude, Jesus sending the disciples away could have been it would have been much easier and quicker if Jesus did it Himself rather than having the disciples do it, as of yet, some of them still didn’t have the mercy or the compassion that Jesus had.
John 6:17 – And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them. After being instructed by Jesus to go to the other side, Jesus’ disciples enter into a ship and went towards Capernaum. It had been awhile since the disciples had left Jesus and they are now on the sea and Jesus hadn’t come to them.
John 6:18 – And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. The disciples were at sea and in distress, they had completed a day’s work and was preparing to go home when a storm rose. The disciples had ministered with Jesus to the multitude, but now they were in a storm. One minute they were in calmness and seconds later a storm arose that was trying their faith. It was dark on the sea, Jesus hadn’t come, and now a storm. The majority of the time when ministering to God’s people, Jesus is with us to lead us when we have been led by His Spirit, but after the ministry, a storm will arise, if not, soon after, it will come later through the spirit of retaliation. Just like the disciples, sometimes the people of God are in trouble, and cannot see their way, concerning the design and tendency of the storm.
John 6:19 – So when they had rowed above five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid. After they had rowed so far out into the sea, the disciple’s were terrified and thought they were seeing a ghost and were afraid. Jesus’ walking on the water pointed to His deity, only God could walk on water. The disciples were seeing with their physical eyes rather than seeing from a spiritual view. They had been with Jesus, seen the miracles He performed, it would be more like Jesus to come to His disciple’s distress rather than a ghost. Although they walked, talked and were taught by Jesus, they still didn’t comprehend who He really was and His faithfulness to His people.
John 6:20 – But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. Jesus saw or felt their fear and comfort them by informing them not be to be afraid, it was He. How affectionately did Jesus silence their fear with that compassionate word “It is I, be not afraid”. Jesus is with us no matter what storm may come in our life, He has given us the promise that He would never leave us or forsake us. We can hold on to His Word while we’re in the storm to guide us through the storms of life. Just like Jesus with His disciples, no matter how dark it may get, no matter how boisterous the storm may be, Jesus will come to calm or rebuke the storm.
John 6:21 – Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went [were going]. They readily received Jesus into the ship once they discovered it was Him. Jesus brought them safely to the shore. The disciples had rowed hard but could not make their point until they had received Jesus in the ship then the work was done suddenly. As Christians, we should be cautious of trying to do a work without the leading of Jesus, if He’s not in it, the towing will be heavy and without effect.
John 6:22 – The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the \sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered and that Jesus went not with his disciples were gone away alone. The multitude had seen there was only one boat and that Jesus had not entered the boat with His disciples. They assumed that Jesus was still there and were looking for Him.
John 6:23 – Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given had thanks. Other boats came from Tiberias near the place where Jesus had fed the multitude bread after giving thanks to God. They heard of the miracle and they were seeking Him.
John 6:24 – When the people, therefore, saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. After seeing neither Jesus nor His disciples were there the multitude took a ship and went to Capernaum seeking Jesus. Some had seen and eaten of the miracle and others had heard about the miracle and they wanted to be where Jesus was, not because of Jesus but because of the miracle, they were seeking the present rather than the presence.