The Story of When Jesus Calmed the Sea
Adapted by: S.C. Mathisen
Mr. Mathisen: A long time ago, far, far away, back during the time when Jesus was walking the earth and teaching his disciples. There was a time when he went for a ride on a boat.
Stanley: Boy, I’ll betcha that‘s going to be fun! Can we go with Him, Mr. Mathisen? Huh, can we go? Pleeeeeeze!!
Mr. Mathisen: Whoa, hang on Stanley. We can’t just invite ourselves along. Someone has to ask us. Let’s just talk about the story some more first. Ok?
Stanley: Well…alright. But, if we could pretend that we were a couple of Jesus disciples then we COULD go huh?
Mr. Mathisen: That’s a great idea, Stanley. Now this story was about the time when Jesus was spending time with the regular people. He was telling them stories to teach them about His Father. He touched them and prayed for them. He loved them and healed them. He did miracles for them…remember, Jesus is God, and He can do anything.
Stanley: Ooh, ooh, could Jesus make me into a real boy and give me legs and, and…when you look like that I know that the answer is no. Right?
Mr. Mathisen: Stanley that was a completely different kind of story. That story was about Pinocchio the wooden puppet. You are not made out of wood. That one was made up, and this one is real. It comes right out of the Bible.
Stanley: I’m sorry, Mr. Mathisen. I guess that I got kind of carried away.
Mr. Mathisen: That’s ok Stanley because, most of the time, that’s the only way you get anywhere. Being carried that is…well, anyway. This story is from the Bible. It comes from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
Stanley: Can we get to the story about the boat ride now??? I’m really excited about that!!
Mr. Mathisen: Yes we can. The story starts in Matthew chapter 8 verse 21, can you boys and girls find that in your Bibles? Matthew is the first book in the New Testament. As soon as you find that we will start….
Beginning of Story…
Mr. Mathisen: Now, Stanley, you wanted to go for a boat ride, right? Well, let’s go back in time in our minds to a warm summer day when Jesus had been healing a lot of people. Why, that day already He had healed the little girl of a Roman soldier and the Apostle Peter‘s mother-in-law and all sorts of other people from all sorts of horrible things. …remember, Jesus is God, and He can do anything. But, it was getting late in the day and the people were crowding in on Him, so He and his disciples were going to get on a boat and go to the other side of the lake for the night. Let’s pretend that we are a couple of His disciples and we are going to go with Him.
Stanley: Oh boy, a boat ride!!! I can’t wait!! Can we water ski too???