Saturday, August 30, 2014

Jesus Walks on Water
We are continuing our Bible studies about Jesus and His miracles. This week we are looking at Jesus walking on the water. I used this Galilee boat that I purchased for the Disciples lesson. But, there are so many lessons this can be used for!
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Last week we studied how Jesus fed 5,000 men plus the women and children with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes. After Jesus prayed and thanked God for the food, He had the Disciples feed the crowd.
After everyone had eaten, they gathered up all the leftover food and there were 12 baskets of food! (Discuss miracles) 
Today's lesson is found in Matthew 14: 22-33,Mark 6:45-51 and John 6:15-21. Immediately after they collected the extra food, Jesus told His Disciples get into the boat. He told them to go to the other side of the sea and sent the people away.
After Jesus sent the crowd away, He went up into the mountain by Himself to pray. When night came, Jesus was by Himself. Jesus had found out that John had been killed. Do you remember who John was? John is His cousin & the one who baptized Jesus So Jesus is upset and wants some time to be alone and pray.

**Let the students have 2 marbles, 1 for Jesus and 1 for Peter. Have them put each marble in  a bowl of water. What happens when you put the marble on the surface of the water? [it will sink] What happens when you go into the water? You either swim or you will sink. We are going to talk about two people that walked on water! (Original idea found here.) They LOVE this!
The boat with the Disciples on it was in the middle of the sea. They had rowed the boat about 3 ½ miles. There was a storm and their boat was being tossed around by the rough waves!
It was about 3:00 during the night and Jesus saw them having trouble rowing the boat and so Jesus went to them. Jesus knew they were in trouble and scared and He went to comfort them. Jesus actually walked on the water to them. Verse 25 in Matthew tells us that He walked on the sea!
When the Disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were scared and thought Jesus was a ghost! They cried out in terror! But Jesus instantly told them to be happy and don’t be afraid!
Peter said to Him: “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” (vs. 28) So Jesus told him to “Come.”  When Peter got out of the boat, he walked on the water to Jesus!
The Bible doesn’t say swim, Peter walked ON the water! But when Peter saw that the wind was strong he became afraid and started to sink. He had taken his eyes off of Jesus and let himself be distracted by the waves and the sea.  He yelled to Jesus “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him and said to Peter “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”  (vs. 31)
When they returned to the boat, the wind stopped. The people in the boat came to Jesus and were amazed at what He could do. They worshipped Him and said “Truly You are the Son of God.” (review Bible vs. 33)
I had the Jell-O 'water' and people cutouts ready for the kids to use and make this Jesus walking on the water this during the lesson. We added plastic fish that I purchase, but you can use Gummy fish. You can see more and print everything here.
One of the things to discuss with this lesson is that Jesus is always watching over us. I made this simple boat for the students to decorate to remind them of when Jesus is with them. They can draw their thoughts, or you can let them add stickers. You can print it here in color and black & white.
Click on the worksheet to print.
We continue Miracles lapbook today. The students will leave them in class until we finish the miracles lessons, then they take them home. Click on the lapbook to see it. I decided to limit this lapbook to the miracles that Jesus did to prove Himself. We will study Malchus, Resurrection of Jesus and Jesus Returns to Heaven, etc., but I did not include these. If you'd like to add other miracles, you can see more Jesus lapbook printables here.
Today's Bible Verse: Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.” Matthew 14:33 (NKJV) Click on the picture to print the NKJV Bible Verse & Teacher's Visual.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission.


  1. This is very neat loved it :) Thanks for sharing @4Guys_1Girl

  2. Can you come to my church and teach in my daughter's class? LOL!! I LOVE the hands-on!! God bless you for sharing and creating FREE resources! Perfect for families to do at home together too ! YOU WERE FEATURED at Theology Thursdays FOR KIDS!!! Stop by tomorrow to grab the button and link up more!!

    1. Thanks so much Jessica for the comment! I appreciate the feature very much! I added the button and link back to the creation post. Thanks again!


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