Use this Jesus Forgives Peter Sunday School lesson to teach about how important it is to love Jesus.
Lesson: (Note: Always give students the opportunity to answer the questions before you clarifying the teaching.)
(Have students take turns reading John 21:1-6, or read it yourself.)
Why did the disciples not catch anything, but then caught a lot when Jesus told them to try the other side? (Sometimes when we try to do things on own, it doesn’t work out the way we want. But if we listen to what Jesus tells us to do, He will help us.)
(Have a student read John 21:7, or read it yourself.)
Why did Peter jump out of the boat when he realized it was Jesus on the beach, instead of waiting for the boat to get back to shore? (Peter was so excited to see Jesus he didn’t want to wait.)
Are you excited to see Jesus?
Someday we will see Jesus, either when we die and go to Heaven or when Jesus comes back from Heaven. Then we’ll be with Jesus all the time. But even before we see Him, we can still be excited to spend time with Jesus now. What are some things we can do to spend time with Jesus now? (We can spend time with Jesus by praying, reading our Bible, going to church, etc.)
(Have students take turns reading John 21:8-14, or read it yourself.)
Do you remember how when Jesus was arrested, Peter told the guards three times that He didn’t know Jesus? He said he didn’t know Jesus because he was afraid that the guards would arrest him like they arrested Jesus. But now listen to what Jesus does.
(Have students take turns reading John 21:15-17, or read it yourself.)
Why did Jesus ask Peter three times if he loved Him? (Because Peter had said that He didn’t know Jesus three times the night Jesus was arrested.)