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John 6:16 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Observe here, 1. The great danger the disciples were in, and the difficulties they encounter with, after they had enjoyed the sweet privileges of Christ's gracious presence with them. They were tossed upon a tempestuous sea.

Learn thence, That it is not unusual, after sweet refreshment and manifestations from Christ unto his people, to meet with a stormy and sharp exercise of faith and patience; such was the lot of his disciples here; a constant gale of sweetness, an uninterrupted course of prosperity and happiness, as it is not to be expected here, so neither can it be enjoyed here, without great peril and danger.

Observe, 2. What haste our Saviour makes towards his disciples, when they were tossed upon a tempestuous sea; Jesus drew nigh unto the ship. Nothing can separate between, nor keep Christ from his children and people in a suffering hour. He that waded through a sea of wrath to save his people, will walk upon a sea of water to succour and relieve them in an hour of tribulation.

Observe, 3. The disciples not discerning Christ, not knowing him to be their Saviour, were afraid of him. Christ may be coming to save his people, and they not able at present to discern and apprehend him; but their fears may be highest, when their deliverer and deliverance is nearest.

Observe, 4. How speedily Christ relieves them of their fears, by telling them who he was; It is I, be not afraid. It is a sufficient support in all our afflictions to be assured of Christ's gracious presence with us. Say but, O Saviour, It is I, and then let evils do their worst: that one word, It is I, is sufficient to allay all storms, and to calm a thousand tempests.

Observe lastly, with what joy and gladness the disciples received and entertained Christ in this hour of their distress: They willingly received him into the ship. Though the company of Christ is always sweet and welcome to his disciples and friends, yet never is it so very agreeable and desirable to them as in the hour of trial and temptation; then they willingly receive him, and joyfully welcome and entertain him.

Consult other comments:

John 6:16 - The Greek Testament

John 6:16 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 6:16 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 6:16 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 6:16 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 6:16 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 6:16 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

John 6:16 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 6:16 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 6:16 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 6:16 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

John 6:16 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 6:16 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 6:16 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 6:16 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 6:16 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 6:16 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 6:16 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 6:16 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 6:16 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 6:16 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 6:16 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 6:16 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 6:16 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 6:16 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 6:16 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 6:16 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

John 6:16 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 6:16 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 6:16 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament