Lesson 26: Jesus Stills the Storm
Jesus performed many miracles around the Sea of Galilee. Some of the miracles that Jesus did were to heal the sick, make the lame to walk, make the blind to see, make the deaf to hear, and raise the dead to life again. The miracle we are going to learn about now, is going to show us how Jesus saved his disciples from a storm on the Sea of Galilee.
Do you remember in the last lesson we learned about the miracle of the loaves and fishes, and in the end of that story Jesus sent his disciples across the sea while he went up into the mountain to pray. When Jesus came down from the mountain he saw that there was a great storm. Jesus could see the ship which his disciples were in. The ship was being blown and tossed about by the storm. The disciples were very much afraid. Jesus went to his disciples walking on top of the stormy sea. We all know that we could not walk on the top of any sea. We would just sink to the bottom of the sea. Because Jesus had the Spirit, or Power of God, he was able to do this. When the disciples saw Jesus they cried out for fear. They weren't sure that it was Jesus. Jesus called and told them that it was he. He told them not to be afraid.
Peter came out of the ship and started to walk to Jesus on the water. Peter became afraid when he saw the high winds and waves. Peter began to sink. This shows that Peter did not have enough faith in Jesus. Jesus put forth his hand and saved Peter and took him into the ship. (Matthew 14:29-31) As soon as Jesus went into the ship, the storm stopped. Then all the disciples came to Jesus. Their faith was now strengthened.
There are all kinds of storms in the world. We must not be afraid of any storm. We must have faith in Jesus and know that Jesus will always protect us and be near us if we try our best to please him. We must not become fearful and doubt like Peter did. We must know that Jesus can always save and protect us if we trust in him.
- Where did Jesus perform some of the miracles?
- Can you name some of the miracles that Jesus did for the people?
- When Jesus came down from the mountain, what did he see?
- Why did the disciples cry out for fear when they saw Jesus walking on the sea?
- Why did Peter begin to sink?
- Why was Jesus able to walk on the water?
- Did this miracle help the disciples to have more faith in Jesus?
- Should we be afraid of storms?
- If we have faith and trust in Jesus, what will he do for us?