Unit 23, Session 3: Jesus Walked on Water (Matthew 14:22-33)
We loved hanging out with your kids this week and discussing the last session of our unit on Jesus’ miracles! Keep reading for details on the Bible story and how you could incorporate it in an activity at home.
BIG PICTURE QUESTION: Why did Jesus perform miracles? Jesus performed miracles to show He is God’s Son
BIBLE STORY POINTS:
- Jesus did miracles. <-- Main Point for Babies & Toddlers
- Jesus’ friends were in a boat during a storm.
- Jesus walked on the water to His friends. <-- Main Point for Preschool & Pre-K
- Jesus’ friends believed He is God’s Son.
BIBLE STORY DETAILS:
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 be alone with His Father. Jesus was preparing 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 make 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 for 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 he began to sink. Peter cried 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!
CHRIST CONNECTION: Jesus proved that He can be trusted. His miracles, teaching, death, and resurrection showed that He is who He says He is. Only Jesus can save us when we look to Him in faith. As you talk with your kids, encourage them to look to Jesus in faith 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 Savior.
UNIT KEY PASSAGE: John 20:31 “These are written that you may believe that Jesus is Messiah, the Son of God.”
ACTIVITY IDEA: Create a row boat in your family room. Ask your kids the big picture question and have them repeat the answer with you. Act out the Bible story together. Explain the Christ Connection. End by stating the Unit Key Passage (John 20:31) together a few times.
Want more ideas of how to use this information with your family during the week? Check out this blog post: Using the Gospel Project as a Family Devotional
NEXT WEEK:“Four Friends Helped” (Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:17-26)