For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. ~Mark 6:50
If you are like me, I am very good at recognizing people I know when we are both in a familiar setting and location. However, take me out of that setting or location, and there are times I will see someone I know, but only vaguely recognize them. We will look at each other, and many times the other person will be surprised of my non-recognition of their appearance and say to me, “It’s me; don’t you recognize me?” I am embarrassed that I did not! Can you imagine the embarrassment and shock of the disciples seeing Jesus walk on the Sea of Galilee toward them at 3:00am while they were rowing and desperately trying to get to shore? Jesus said to them, “Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.” He was saying, “It’s really Me!”
We see the manifold SKEPTICISM.
In Mark 6, the key themes that run through this chapter are faith and the mighty works of the Lord. There was the skepticism of the citizens of Nazareth towards Jesus’ mighty works. The people saw His mighty works, but questioned His authenticity and authority. They asked, “Is not this the carpenter’s son?” Jesus marveled that He could do no mighty work in His own home town. Later