Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.’
This week we’re meeting Peter, it’s not the first time Jesus has met him though. He met Jesus at around the same time Nathanael did and he would have been one of the first faces the man born blind had ever seen. He was one of the disciples who was surprised to see Jesus talking to the Samaritan woman but I bet he was more surprised when
Lazarus walked out of his tomb alive. We’re going to hear about two of his meetings with Jesus that I think he will never ever forget.
Game: All the fishes in the sea
All the children in your group should sit in a circle facing outwards. In order name the children Cod, Mackerel, Herring, Plaice, Cod, Mackerel, Herring, Plaice, Cod… etc. When a type of fish (“Herring”) is called out by the leader all of that kind of fish (the herrings) should run round the outside of the circle back to their space and sit down. If they need a competitive element the last child to sit in their space is out. If the leader shouts “tides turn” the fish turn and run the other way round the circle. If the leader shouts “stormy seas” They should jump rather than run. If the leader shouts “all the fishes in the sea” everybody runs and there is chaos!
For maximum safety people need to be reminded not to stick their legs out, I’d take any persistent offenders out of the game for a couple of rounds because tripping people up, even accidentally, is dangerous.
Game: Captain’s coming
All the usual rules; Captains coming (Salute), climb the rigging, scrub the decks, port, starboard, stern, bow (run to the left, right, back, front) plus empty nets (everybody join hands) and full nets (everybody join hands and count to 153).It’s probably best for that last one if you don’t wait for them to finish counting before the next instruction is given.
Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” John 11:40
Jesus meets Peter. There are two scripts here: 1 Peter which is Peter’s denial of Jesus and 2 Peter, which recounts their meeting on the beach. Sorry for the epistle-y file names, I just couldn’t help myself.
The disciples see Jesus on the beach (John 21:1-14)
We are just like Peter.
He was asked three times if he was with Jesus and he said ‘No.’ (18:15-18) ‘No, I’m not his friend.’ and ‘No, I don’t even know him.’ (18:25-27)
We do the same every time we say we don’t know Jesus and every time we act selfishly it shows we don’t love him.
We do it when we’re like Pilate and refuse to choose to follow him. (18:38)
But even though we’re all like Peter in saying ‘no’ we all get the same opportunity as Peter to be forgiven.
Jesus comes to find Peter and to help him, without Peter being able to make it up to him. (21:1-14)
Jesus asks three times if Peter loves him. Good works aren’t the opposite of sin, love for Jesus is. (21:15-17)
Jesus gives Peter a BIG responsibility to look after the church. This follows Peter saying he loves him every time. (21:15-17) The work that Peter will do for Jesus isn’t to pay him back for denying him but because he loves him. Love first then works every time.
Like Peter we don’t have to be good to make up for the bad things. We simply have to love Jesus. He is able to forgive us and be friends with us because he has done all the work by dying on the cross.
Craft: Make and decorate a fish to help remind them that just like Peter they can be completely forgiven. Choose fishy outlines from the very simple to the highly complicated.
He died upon the Cross – Colin Buchanan: Practice Being Godly
I’m following the King – Emu music: Meet the king
Your love – Sovereign Grace: Music Awesome God
(You can buy the last one here)
If you’re doing the whole series of Jesus meets… cutting out a string of 10 people and writing a name of someone on each is a helpful way to keep track. You may want to keep the string until the end if your kids are regular attenders so that they don’t get lost. Fold a long strip of paper like a fan 10 times; cut round this outline or draw a person freehand. Make sure their hands touch the fold of the paper on both sides!
This session pray for forgiveness, encourage them to ask Jesus to forgive them for denying him in their lives. They could also ask for help to forgive someone else, try not to let them describe what needs forgiving in great detail, God already knows and just like we wouldn’t him to share our faults we shouldn’t share others.