Lesson Outline: Jesus Walked on water — Matthew 14:22-33
1. Walk Line
Outdoors with three different coloured chalk (or alternatively use painters tape or masking tape indoors) create three lines on the ground/floor. Arrange lines so that they intersect at different points. Make the lines zig-zag, curve and weave. Challenge the walkers to walk with one foot in front of the other on a certain colour line.
Lesson Connection: Which line was the easiest, most difficult to walk on? In today’s Bibles story Jesus and Peter walked on something, but it was not a line. Let’s find out where Jesus and Peter walked. Jesus performed the miracle of walking on water to show that He is the son of God. Everyone on the boat worshiped Jesus. “You really are the son of God,” they said. Jesus showed that we can trust Him. His life, death and resurrection showed that Jesus is who He says He is.
Have a large bucket of water ready and several items that will either float or sink (ie. apple, egg, rock, leaf, paper, foam, ball…) Discuss wether the items will float and sink and test them in the bucket of water. Ask - if we float on water (most can on their backs) What about walking on water? Is it possible?
Lesson Connection: In today’s Bible story Jesus and Peter walk on water! Let’s listen to the story and find out more. Jesus performed the miracle of walking on water to show that He is the son of God. Everyone on the boat worshiped Jesus. “You really are the son of God,” they said. Jesus showed that we can trust Him. His life, death and resurrection showed that Jesus is who He says He is.
Jesus had just fed more than 5,000 people on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. After sending away the people and directing His disciples to go back across the sea, Jesus went to a mountain to pray. It was late, and He sought to fulfill His Father’s plan. Before long, He would die on the cross and rescue people from their sin.
While Jesus prayed, the disciples struggled to cross the sea. A storm came and tossed their boat up and down. They didn’t any progress against the waves. Then, in the early morning hours, they saw a figure walking toward them on the water. They thought it was a ghost, but it was Jesus!
Peter asked Jesus permission to come out on the water, and Jesus called to him. Peter walked on the water too— until he remembered the storm. Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and began to sink. Peter creed out to Jesus, “Save me!”
Jesus took Peter by the hand and got in the boat. The wind and waves calmed. Though Peter had doubted, the disciples worshiped Jesus. Clearly He was no ordinary man; this was the son of God — the promised Messiah!
Jesus proved that He can be trusted. His miracles, teaching, death and resurrection showed that He is who He says He is. We can have faith in Jesus every day. We can seek Him for our salvation and for help as we live in this world. Even in the midst of fear and doubt, we can hold out our empty hands and cry, “Lord, save me!” He will answer, and we can respond in worship of our Lord and Saviour.
Matarial and Activites used in this lesson plan are from: The Gosple Life Project, LifeWay; Saddleback Kids; Go Fish Resources; Roar VBS, Group Publishing