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Peter tries to walk on water

Matthew 14:22-36, Mark 6:45-56, John 6:16-24
When Peter sees Jesus walking on water he wants to do the same.
Contributed by Richard Gunther
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One quiet afternoon … <br/>A boat moves away from the shore of Lake Galilee. The water gently laps against the stones on the shore. – Slide 1
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The men in the boat are tired. A gentle breeze tugs at the sail. – Slide 2
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Gradually the sun sinks … <br/>And the day is nearly over. The boat slowly makes it across the very large lake to the other side. – Slide 3
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Back on the shore Someone is praying. His name is Jesus. – Slide 4
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Jesus had worked hard all day helping and healing people. He needs to pray and has told His disciples to sail on home across Lake Galilee. – Slide 5
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The men in the boat can no longer see Him. But He knows where they are. <br/>Jesus rises from prayer and walks down to the shore. – Slide 6
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In the boat the disciples are wondering … <br/>How will Jesus get across the large lake? He does not have a boat. – Slide 7
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The boat bobs and dips as it moves across the lake. A wind has sprung up. They pull in the sail. – Slide 8
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The boat begins to sway from side to side tossed by the waves. Suddenly the men see a strange sight. A figure appears in the distance. – Slide 9
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It is someone walking on the water! Who can it be? <br/>It must be a ghost! – Slide 10
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It is not a ghost. It is Jesus, walking on the water. – Slide 11
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Peter recognises who it is.‘It’s Jesus! He is walking towards us.’ – Slide 12
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The others are puzzled.‘How can this be? No-one can walk on water!’ <br/>But they can all see Jesus walking on the deep waters. – Slide 13
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‘Don’t be afraid,’ Jesus shouts. ‘It’s me.’ – Slide 14
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But they are afraid. They know it is impossible to walk on water. Just then, Peter has a bright idea. – Slide 15
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‘Lord,’ shouts Peter. ‘If it really is you, invite me to walk on the water to you.’ <br/>What would Jesus say? – Slide 16
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Jesus replies. ‘Come on then.’ <br/>Very cautiously, Peter lifts his leg over the side of the boat. – Slide 17
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His toes touch the water. It’s cold and wet, just like real water. He places his foot on the sea. He is now standing on the water. – Slide 18
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Peter holds onto the side of the boat, expecting to sink, but the water holds him up. – Slide 19
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He lets go of the boat. The wind blows stronger and a storm is breaking. But Peter is standing on the sea. – Slide 20
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‘Look at me,’ thought an excited Peter. ‘Hey just one foot. I’m doing the impossible – walking on water.’ – Slide 21
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He steps towards Jesus. – Slide 22
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The boat is now out of reach. He keeps walking. But the wind is loud and the waves are crashing. – Slide 23
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Peter suddenly looks down at the waves. He looks away from Jesus and sees how far he is away from the boat. He panics, becomes scared and begins to sink. – Slide 24
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‘Help, help,’ Peter shouts. ‘Save me Lord!’ – Slide 25
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Jesus reaches out His hand and pulls Peter up to his feet again. <br/>‘Peter, you have such little faith,’ Jesus tells him, ‘why did you doubt?’ They both stand together on the water. – Slide 26
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Then Jesus and Peter walk back to the boat together. The men on the boat watch in amazement. – Slide 27
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‘We have seen a great miracle,’ they shout. ‘Jesus, must be the Son of God.’ – Slide 28
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They worship Jesus. There is no doubt. No-one could walk on water unless God’s power was at work. – Slide 29
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But Jesus does not reply. He does not need to. He knows who He is. – Slide 30
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