Year 2, Spring: Lesson 7
What we learned today
Big idea: Jesus is alive
Jesus Appears to His Disciples: John 20. Jesus visited His disciples after His resurrection.
Where we're headed next time
Jesus Reinstates Peter. John 21. Jesus redeemed Peter.
Did you know?
Share these facts to get the conversation started:
Simon Peter was considered to be
one of Jesus’ closest friends. Peter was passionate and overzealous—often overeager and outspoken. He was the first disciple to declare Jesus was the Messiah.
Jesus shared that one of His disciples would betray Him. Peter adamantly vowed He would never deny Jesus. Yet days after Peter’s sworn allegiance, he denied Jesus—three times!
For someone with such a volatile personality, it’s interesting that Jesus would rename him “Peter,” which means “the rock.” But Jesus had the authority to give Peter this identity and the power to transform him to live in this identity.
Connect as a family
At breakfast, read John 21v1–19 together. Ask your children why they think Peter jumped in the water when he realized
it was Jesus standing on the shore. Then talk together about what type of conversations you might have with Jesus if He was eating breakfast with you. Ask your kids what they think Jesus meant when He asked Peter to feed His sheep. Discuss together how you as a family can and ways to let others know that God loves them and wants to redeem them.
After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:
If you had been Peter, how would you have responded when you saw Jesus?
What does it mean that Jesus redeems?
How did Jesus redeem Peter after he had denied Jesus three times?
A blessing can be a spoken prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words of encouragement and guidance over your child.
A blessing to pray over your child: (Child’s name), may you experience the full, large, real life of Jesus here on this earth and in all of eternity. May His life give you strength and joy.