(This story also appears in Mark 6:45-52 and John 6:16-21. Note that the Matthew account is the only one that explicitly mentions Peter walking on water along with Jesus. We strongly encourage you to read all 3 accounts to get a full picture of this story.)
This story happens directly after the feeding of the 5000. If you remember, Jesus was trying to get to a solitary place after the death of John the Baptist when the crowd descended on him in Bethsaida. So, after he taught them and fed them, he went away to a solitary place to pray and sent his disciples ahead of him to cross the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum. Overnight, another storm popped up on the sea (the disciples had some bad luck!).
Jesus saw that they were struggling to handle the boat in the tough weather, and began walking on the water to go meet them. The disciples saw Jesus approaching and thought it was a ghost (wouldn't you!). Jesus called out to them and told them to be brave. "'Lord, is it you?' Peter asked. 'If it is, tell me to come to you on the water.' (Matthew 14:28) Jesus told him to come, so Peter stepped out of the boat and began to walk on the water towards Jesus. As Peter began fearing the winds and the waves, he began to sink. But Jesus picked him up and helped him into the boat. Jesus told Peter that he shouldn't have been afraid, and that he should have trusted him.
We learn from the account in John that as soon as Peter and Jesus got into the boat, it immediately arrived to the other side of the Sea of Galilee - an aspect of this miracle that is often left out.
get your kids talking and engaged
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Today, we are going to learn about a time in the Bible when Jesus walked on water!
teach a holistic story
Read story from a Children's storybook Bible for younger children.
For older children, read the story from an age-appropriate Children's storybook Bible or read directly from the Bible.
give them basic Bible skills
Scripture for Kids to Read Aloud: Matthew 14:22-33
make sure they understand the story
First, ask the children if they have any questions about the story. What to do if you don't know the answer?
help them apply the story to their lives and open up a conversation about faith and the gospel; close with prayer
hide God's Word in their heartDonâ€™t worry about anything. Instead, tell God about everything. Ask and pray. Give thanks to him. Philippians 4:6