Jesus forgives Peter

Background

Each day we make choices. Some of those choices are good and some are not so good!

This week we are looking at the disciple Peter and how he made some bad choices and we will look at how Jesus responded to those choices. Read Matthew 26:31-35 and Matthew 26:69-75 to read the background to today’s passage and then read John 21:1-19 to see what happened.

Read together John 21:1-19 bible

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”

Think about

  1. Before Jesus was crucified, he warned Peter of an upcoming sin (Matthew 26:31-35).  What sin did Jesus tell Peter he would commit?
  2. What was Peter’s reaction when it happened (Matthew 26:69-75)?
  3. Jesus had a special promise for Peter even though he knew Peter would deny him. Read Matthew 16:18. What promises did Jesus make to Peter?
  4. What does this teach us about Jesus?
  5. In John 21:15-17, Jesus asked Peter a number of questions. Peter knew that he was forgiven and he accepted the love and forgiveness of Jesus.   Do you forgive others when they hurt you?

Key verse

“Lord…you know that I love you.” John 21:17

Wrap up

Even though Peter had made mistakes, he was forgiven and God used Peter to grow the early church. No matter what we do, God is always ready to forgive us and welcome us back as His precious children so that we can continue serving him.

Pray together

Dear God, thank you that you forgive us when we disobey you. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Activities

Extra ideas

Draw a picture of Picture of a Rooster, an Empty Tomb, Picture of a Fishing Boat, lots of Fish, a Camp Fire, a Heart or one or more Sheep and ask your parents to send a picture of your drawing to Rob so we can show everyone next Sunday at Family Church.