Weekly Video Lesson
This week our Sunday School classes continue our study of the life of Christ with a lesson from Matthew 14, Jesus Walks on Water. Check out the video lesson and discussion questions from our Children & Family Minister Daniel Sheaffer below:
Video Discussion Q+A
1) How long were the disciples at sea? Why?
- They were fighting the wind and the waves for at least 8 hours, maybe more. They were 3-4 miles from any shore and were in the 4th watch of the night (between 3-6am).
2) When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water, what did they think?
- They thought Jesus was a ghost. They did not realize the message about the loaves (Mark 6:52), that Jesus was Yahweh. This miracle will leave no doubt as to who Jesus was.
3) What did Jesus say when his disciples were afraid? Who walks on the water in the Old Testament?
- Jesus said “take heart, it is I, do not be afraid”. The part, “It is I”, are the same words as the Greek Old Testament (called the Septuagent) as Exodus 3 “I am”. The only one who walks on water in the Old Testament is Yahweh (See Job 9:8, Psalm 89:9, Psalm 107:29).
4) When Peter came out onto the water to meet Jesus, why did he start sinking?
- Peter walked on the water by Jesus’s power. This was going to prove the disciples would do the same kind of miracles by the power of the Holy Spirit. He started sinking when he started being afraid of the wind and waves and doubting he was safe. He started sinking when he took his eyes off of Jesus (see John 15:4-5).
5) What did the disciples say when the wind stopped as soon as Jesus and Peter got back into the boat?
- They realized what the previous miracle was trying to show them: that Jesus is the son of God.
6) What does this mean for you and me?
- It shows that Jesus truly is the Son of God. It shows that those who are truly his children are never forsaken by him, and will never endure a trial or test without his presence. Everything the Lord does to build up and strengthen our faith is done out of love for us. We may not see how he is working, or where he might be, but we know that he will care for us and will be with us no matter what we go through.