There are several stories in the New Testament involving Jesus, the disciples, a boat, and a storm out on the Sea of Galilee, but this passage has a unique focus. For example, sometimes Jesus calms the storm for his people when they’re being tossed around in a boat, but this is not a story about that. Sometimes Jesus calls his people to get out of a boat and walk on water toward him, but this is not a story about that. Sometimes Jesus calls his people to leave their nets and boats and follow him on a discipleship journey, but this is not a story about that.
This is a story about Jesus coming to his people when they’re having a difficult time, showing up in a miraculous way, joining them in their struggle, and helping them through the crisis. Indeed, it’s a story that reminds us that without Jesus, we’re sunk. Thankfully, Jesus still gets into people’s boats today, giving them peace in the midst of the storm when they need him the most.