Jesus Forgives and Restores
After Jesus’ resurrection and His appearance to the disciples, seven of the disciples returned to Galilee, near the Sea of Galilee where Jesus had called four of His disciples to be fishers of men. (See Luke 5:1-11.) The disciples went fishing. Perhaps they felt it reasonable to return to the fishing business since their time as disciples was apparently over—or so they thought!
In Bible times, nighttime was the preferred time for fishing. Fish caught at night could be sold fresh in the morning at market. But by daybreak, the disciples had caught nothing. Jesus stood at the shore, but the disciples did not know it was Him. He called to them, “Men, you don’t have any fish, do you?” (John 21:5). Then He urged them to cast their net on the right side of the boat. They obeyed, and they were unable to haul in the big catch!
John knew right away who He was. “It is the Lord!” John exclaimed. Peter immediately tied his outer garment around him and jumped into the sea, swimming 300 feet to shore. When the other six disciples arrived in the boat, they found Jesus sitting beside a charcoal fire with fish and bread. “Come and have breakfast,” Jesus said. Jesus ate with His disciples; then He turned to Peter.
John 21:15-19 describes Peter’s restoration. The disciple who told Jesus that he would die for Him (Luke 22:31-34) had denied Jesus three times. (Luke 22:54-62) Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Jesus. Each time Peter responded yes, Jesus told Peter to feed His lambs. Jesus restored Peter to ministry. Emphasize to your kids that Jesus’ plan for the disciples did not end with His death and resurrection.
When Jesus first called the disciples to follow Him, Jesus had promised to make them fishers of men. Instead of catching fish, they would tell people about Jesus. (Luke 5:1-11) The disciples had left Jesus when He was arrested and even denied Him, but Jesus still wanted to use them in God’s plan. Jesus is the Lord who forgives us and makes things right again.
FAMILY STARTING POINTS
Babies and Toddlers
- Jesus is alive in heaven.
- Jesus ate fish with His friends.
- Jesus forgave Peter.
- Jesus wanted Peter to tell others about Him.
- What is our mission? Our mission is to tell others about Jesus.
- Jesus forgave Peter.
- What is our mission as believers? Our mission as believers is to make disciples of all nations by the power of the Spirit.
- Jesus forgave Peter and gave him a mission.
UNIT KEY PASSAGE
“Christ died for our sins, just as Scripture said he would. He was buried. He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as Scripture said he would be.”
I Corinthians 15:3-4
COMING THIS SUNDAY!
“Jesus Gave the Great Commission” (Matthew 28:16-20)
Your child was given an activity page to take home with them on Sunday! Take some time this week to review it with them! We also want to encourage you to check out the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for more ways to interact with the lesson content! Click here to get the app on apple or android.