Jesus Calms a Sea, Proving that He Rules Nature

Based on Matthew 8:18-27 


  • In a small group, participants might simply read their lines, or glance at their lines to get the idea so they can speak in their own words.
  • Most POY! skits require no practice in advance.
  • Have any small children play a brief part. Most scripts have an optional part for children, listed last under Participants.
  • Most scripts have a Narrator who should read the script beforehand to see how to keep moving the story along.
  • It is not necessary to employ costumes and objects, unless the skit recommends such.
  • It is not required to have an audience watch the skit. All present may participate.
  • Scripture and paraphrases, if any, usually appear in bold.


John (also serves as Narrator)
Voice (of Jesus)
Stormers (small children)

Prompter (Optional). Prompter shouts a brief line and Companions repeat it.
Companions (Optional): children and all adults who want to take part. Make sure Companions know who the Prompter is, and that they are to repeat Prompter’s words.

If no children are present, you may skip the action parts.



John  Look, Peter, this huge crowd by the Galilee sea is almost smothering Jesus.
Peter  Let’s go clear some space for him, John. Wait. Jesus is speaking to us.
Voice  Peter and John, get the boat and let’s depart to the other side of the sea. 
Peter  Jesus gets into the boat, and we disciples follow Him. Row, men, row!
Prompter &
Let’s row, men, Row! (Sit on the floor, or on chairs, in a line two abreast and pretend they are rowing the boat. Demonstrate moving arms as though pulling on oars.)

Look! A great storm is arising on the sea! It’s getting closer! Row harder!

Prompter &

Row harder! Row harder!

John  Stormers! Come run around these rowers; howl “Oooo!” like wind, and shake your fists at the rowers. (Demonstrate.)
Stormers  Ooooo! (Run around the rowers, howling, shaking fists at them.)
John  (After a few moments stop.)

Row faster! The storm is upon us! Faster!

Prompter &
Faster! Faster!
John  Help! The boat is being swamped by the waves.
Peter  We’re going to drown! But look at Jesus! He’s sleeping in the stern!
John  I rush to Jesus and waken Him. Save us, Lord; we are perishing!
Voice  Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?
John  Jesus stands and rebukes the winds and the sea, and it becomes perfectly calm.
Peter  What kind of a man is this, that even wind and sea obey Him?



This miracle of Jesus  did not involve healing a sick person. Jesus did it to prove something else. What was it?

(Good answer: Jesus displayed His power over the physical creation. Colossians 1:16 affirms that Christ created all things.)





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