Short Story 5 – Walking on Water (John 6:16-21)

The Gospel of John features 7 short stories that offer a sampling of the miracles Jesus performed during his time of public ministry. These were written so that his readers would come to “believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing [they] may have life in his name” (John 20:31b).

Here is the plot of the fifth short story:

Walking on Water (John 6:16-21)

  1. Setting: 
    1. In the evening. (6:16)
    2. Jesus’ disciples got into the boat from the Eastern side of the Sea of Galilee and began crossing to Capernaum. (v. 16)
    3. Jesus was still on the Eastern side by himself. (v. 17)
  2. Conflict: 
    1. A storm broke out on the sea, making it difficult for the disciples to get to Capernaum. (v. 18)
  3. Rising Action:
    1. The disciples rowed about 3-4 miles, to no avail. (v. 19)
  4. Climax
    1. Jesus came to them walking on the water. (v. 19)
    2. They were afraid, but Jesus identified himself saying, “It is I.” (vv. 19-20)
  5. Falling Action:
    1. They were willing to take him on board- an act of faith. (v. 21)
  6. Resolution:
    1. At once the boat was safely at the shore where they were heading. (v. 21)

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