“But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.”
King James Version (KJV)
Mt 14:27 It is I. Literally, "I am". The same language used by Jesus in Jerusalem (Joh 8:58), for which the Pharisees would have stoned him, and in the Old Testament to designate Jehovah (Ex 3:14). Here I should prefer to give it this meaning: Christ says not merely, "It is I, your Friend and Master"; he says, at least implies, it is the "I AM", who is coming to you, the Almighty One who rules wind and waves, who made them, and whom they obey. Be not afraid. How often has he to speak this word of encouragement, even to his own! almost always when they are brought suddenly, or in an unusual way, face to face with him. See Ge 15:1 21:17 Jud 6:23 Mt 28:5 Lu 2:10.