Crossing the Sea of Galilee in a boat.
(in Lk 5, we learn that Jesus reached the other side of the lake to Gerasenes, which is next to the Sea of Galilee; good to show a map if you have)
2. After a full day of ministry, Jesus fell asleep in the boat in the stern. What happened next?
A windstorm on the lake. Strong winds, big waves, boat filling up with water.
3. Do you think the disciples would have been surprised by it?
Several of the disciples were seasoned fishermen who would have been used to bad storms while fishing. This storm must have been particularly bad and frightening for them to be afraid. They thought they were going to drown and die.
4. What did they do next?
They came to Jesus, who was still sleeping, and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” (or “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”)
They couldn’t believe that Jesus could sleep through the storm while they were panicking away.
5. What did Jesus do?
Jesus got up, scolded the wind and said to the waves, “Peace. Be still!” And there was calm.Then He said to the disciples, “Where is your faith?”
(They had seen Jesus’ many miracles. Jesus was in the boat with them. And yet, they were afraid that they would die.)
6. We’ve learned that Jesus has authority over sickness and death. Today what do we see Jesus having authority over?
Nature — even the winds and water obey Him.
7. For discussion:
a. Jesus was asleep in the boat. Do you think the disciples would have drowned if they didn’t wake him up?
If Jesus is in the boat, the disciples would not drown.
b. What else could the disciples have done?
They could have spoken with authority over the winds and water because they were Jesus’ disciples.
c. We may not be in a situation where we are in danger of big storms. But have you encountered challenges and problems that may seem like strong winds and big waves? Have you felt overwhelmed before, like you’re going to sink and drown? Share.
It’s important to realise that Jesus is in the boat with us. And if He’s in the boat, we will never sink. Nothing is too difficult for Him. All we have to do is to have faith in Him and trust Him.
If you are going through a difficult time now at home or at school, remember Jesus is there with you always. The winds and waves may be big, but Jesus is much, much bigger. We can speak with His authority into whatever situation we are in and see it calm down.
Let’s pray: Thank you Jesus that You are in the boat with me. I do not have to be afraid of the wind or waves. I can trust in You, and You will carry me through. In Your name, I pray, Amen.