This week we’re going to be continuing in our Explorers theme, and learning about something that defied the laws of physics.
Last week we were learning about Jesus feeding the 5000, and I’m sure he was pretty tired after this so he sent his disciples ahead of him on a boat to cross the sea of Gallilee while he went up a mountain to pray, as you do.
I know after I’ve had a long day of being around a lot of people, the last thing I want to do is climb a mountain but what Jesus did here was bring himself to God in a way that mattered. Maybe we all should do this when we struggle for strength.
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My God is so big
The miracle we’re going to talk about today though is Jesus walking on water……read Matthew 14 v 22-33. If you'd like a video of the story, there is one here.
In the space of 2 days, Jesus fed 5000 people and their families, then walked up a mountain, spent the night praying and resting, walked back down the mountain and walked 3-4 miles out to sea. Sounds do-able?? All before the sunrise??
It’s astounding that he did all of that if it was on dry land, but you add in the final 3-4 miles were on water, it kind of changes the perspective.
As you can imagine the disciples were in a storm of their own, and then seeing Jesus walking towards them on the water, they were terrified. If the storm wasn’t enough, now there was this man walking towards their boat. But Jesus calls out to them ‘Don’t be afraid, it is I’ and then gives Peter the ability to defy physics and walk on water too!
What does this tell us about Jesus? Not only does he have power over everything (even the laws of nature) but that he can give us that strength too. What Jesus did that day was use Peter’s faith in him to give him super powers, the fear however came in when Peter looked down and saw the stormy waves and realised what he was doing. I think I’d be scared too, and Peter started to sink.
What can we know about Jesus through this story? He has super powers is a perfectly acceptable answer, but what does that mean for us?
What challenges do we face where we can ask God for more faith or help? (Hint : All of them)
Where else in the bible do we see God giving someone else super powers?
David killed a lion! And a bear!
Samson pulled an entire temple down!
The disciples went out and healed and taught in God's strength.
God performed a whole bunch of miracles through Moses.
Find yourself a jug or bucket and some things from round your house, can you predict what will float or sink? Were you right?
Can we float? Can we walk on water?
For the younger ones, why not colour this great printable in and explain to us the story?
It’s maybe not warm enough for this now (or you could try it in the bath later), get your paddling pool out and see if you can walk on water?
And just for fun, meet the Jesus Lizard, an extraordinary animal that can run on water (for a bit) check out the video and see if you can remember how far the lizard can run on water? How does this compare to Jesus?
Now is a great time to talk to your children about the challenges they face, it’s been a long time since we faced the same challenges and the world has changed dramatically since then.
They don’t think on such an existential level as us adults, and might be concerned about things we find trivial, this doesn’t make them small or unimportant. God still wants to help them, and give them the super powers to deal with these challenges.
Ask your children what the challenges are and pray together through them for this week.
Why not share what you've been up to on the Treehouse Parents Facebook Group?